Birds in the Sky

When superiors are genuinely fond of knowledge but lack the Way, all under heaven will be in great confusion. How do we know this is so? The more knowledge there is of bows, crossbows, hand-nets, stringed arrows, and snares, the more the birds in the sky are thrown into confusion... Therefore, whenever all under heaven is in great confusion, the fault lies in fondness of knowledge. Thus, all men under heaven know how to seek what they do not know, but no one knows how to seek what he already knows.

- Wandering on the Way: Early Taoist Tales and Parables of Chuang Tzu

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