The Empty Boat by Chuang Tzu


He who rules men lives in confusion;
He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow.
Yao therefore desired
Neither to influence others
Nor to be influenced by them.
The way to get clear of confusion
And free of sorrow
Is to live with Tao
In the land of the great Void.

Chuang Tzu (300 B.C.)

Water of Leith at dusk, Edinburgh. Copyright Content Catnip 2009.

2 thoughts on “The Empty Boat by Chuang Tzu

  1. It gladdened my heart to read this. Chuang Tzu lucidly articulates what I used to clumsily tell friends. “I won’t tell anyone what to do, and won’t be told what to do.”
    Thanks, as always, for unearthing your succession of old, obscure and hidden gems.

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      Hi Kevin so glad you enjoyed reading it. I can’t claim any sort of credit for it, just a rough diamond I pick-axed out of the ground and brought onto my kitchen bench hehe 😉

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