A Classical Concept about Security
From: JiXian Yang (YJX_OnLine_at_126.com)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 23:43:39 +0800
Extracted from Chuang Tzu
based on the translation by James Legge (of 1890)
Master Chuang was walking on a mountain, when he saw a great tree with huge
branches and luxuriant foliage. A wood-cutter was resting by its side, but
he would not touch it, and, when asked the reason, said, that it was of no
use for anything, Master Chuang then said to his disciples,
'This tree, because its wood is good for nothing, will succeed in
living out its natural term of years.'
Having left the mountain, the Master lodged in the house of an old
friend, who was glad to see him, and ordered his waiting-lad to kill a goose
and boil it. The lad said,
'One of our geese can cackle, and the other cannot; Which of them
shall I kill?'
The host said,
'Kill the one that cannot cackle.'
Next day, his disciples asked Master Chuang, saying,
'Yesterday the tree on the mountain (you said) would live out its
years because of the uselessness of its wood, and now our host's goose has
died because of its want of power (to cackle); Which of these conditions,
Master, would you prefer to be in?'
Master Chuang laughed and said,
'(If I said that) I would prefer to be in a position between being
fit to be useful and wanting that fitness, that would seem to be the right
position, but it would not be so, for it would not put me beyond being
involved in trouble;