Chuang Tzu - from Confucius and the Madman
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
CONFUCIUS AND THE MADMAN
When Confucius was visiting the state of Chu,
Along came Kieh Yu
The madman of Chu
And sang outside the Master's door:
"O Phoenix, Phoenix,
Where's your virtue gone?
It cannot reach the future
Or bring the past again
When the world makes sense
The wise have work to do.
When I walk crazy
I walk right:
But am l a man
The tree on the mountain height is its own enemy
The grease that feeds the light devours itself.
The cinnamon tree is edible: so it is cut down!
The lacquer tree is profitable: they maim it.
Every man knows how useful it is to be useful.
No one seems to know
How useful it is to be useless.
The source of the experienceChuang Tzu
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsAutism, savantism and other forms of PDD