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This following below is an interesting paragraph I came upon when reading book Zhang Zi. I like share it with people and hope Zhuangzi's story can enlighten us somehow:

Chuang Tzu with his bamboo pole
was fishing in the Pu river

The prince of Chu sent two vice-chancellors
with a formal document:
We hereby appoint you prime minister

Chuang Tzu held his bamboo pole still.
Watching the Pu river, he said:
“I am told there is a sacred tortoise offered
and canonized three thousand years ago,
venerated by the prince, wrapped in silk,
in a precious shrine on an altar
in the temple.
What do you think?
Is it better to give up one’s life
and leave a sacred shell
as an object of cult
in a cloud of incense
for three thousand years,
or to live as a plain turtle
dragging its tail in the mud?”

“For the turtle”, said the vice-chancellor,
“better to live and drag its tail in the mud!”

“Go home!”, said Chuang Tzu.
“Leave me here
to drag my tail in the mud.”

庄子钓于濮水,楚王使大夫二人往先焉,曰:“愿以境内累矣!”
庄子持竿不顾,曰:“吾闻楚有神龟,死已三千岁矣,王巾笥而藏之庙堂之
上。此龟者,宁其死为留骨而贵乎?宁其生而曳尾于途中乎?”
二大夫曰:“宁生而曳尾途中。”
庄子曰:“住矣!吾将曳尾于途中。
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