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Chuang Tzu Story - Three in the Morning (朝三暮四)
03-20-2011, 06:30 PM
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Chuang Tzu Story - Three in the Morning (朝三暮四)
This following below is another interesting word I came upon when reading book Zhang Zi. I like share it with people and hope Zhuangzi's story can enlighten us somehow:

It is about a monkey trainer
Who went to his monkeys and told them:
“As regards your chestnuts,
you are going to have three measures in the morning,
and four in the afternoon.”

On hearing this all the monkeys became angry.
So the keeper said:
“All right then,
I will change it
To four measures in the morning
and three in the afternoon.”
The animals were satisfied with this arrangement.

The two arrangements were the same –
The number of chestnuts did not change,
But in one case the monkeys were displeased,
and in the other case they were satisfied.

The keeper was willing
To change his personal arrangement
In order to meet objective conditions.
He lost nothing by it.

The truly wise man,
Considers both sides of the question
Without patiality,
Sees them both in the light of Tao.
This is called following two courses at once

狙公赋芧,曰:“朝三而暮四。”众狙皆怒。曰:“然则朝四而暮三。”众狙皆说。名实未亏而喜怒为用,亦因是也。是以圣人和之以是非而休乎天钧,是之谓两行。
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