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door Vulpius

Uit The Witness.


Suppose a boat is crossing a river,
and another empty boat is about to collide with it.

Even an irritable man would not lose his temper.

But supposing there was some one in the second boat.
Then the occupant of the first
would shout to him to keep clear.

And if the other did not hear the first time,
nor even when called three times,
bad language would inevitably follow.

In the first case there was no anger,
in the second there was;

because in the first case the boat was empty,
and in the second it was occupied.

And so it is with man.
If he could only roam empty through life,
who would be able to injure him?

— Zhuangzi, 4th century B.C.