"Confucius called on Lao Tan and spoke to him about benevolence and righteousness.
Lao Tan said, “Chaff from the winnowing fan can so blind the eye that heaven, earth and the four directions all seem to shift place. A mosquito or a horse-fly stinging your skin can keep you awake a whole night. And when benevolence and righteousness in all their fearfulness come to muddle the mind, the confusion is unimaginable.
If you want to keep the world from losing its simplicity, you must move with the freedom of the wind, stand in the perfection of Virtue.
(Drawing: Zhuangzi dreaming of a butterfly (or a butterfly dreaming of Zhuangzi)
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