The people who live in villages bordering on the river lead its waters to irrigate their gardens, to which the water has no objection.

The poor people disgusted with the filthy pools around drain them into the flowing river, but the foul water feels no exhilaration.

Therefore, there is no difference whether the water is in the river or irrigating the garden; it is a matter of indifference to the water whether it lies in the filthy pool or in the flowing Chiang.

Therefore the sage rests satisfied with his position,whether high or low, and joyfully follows his work and avocation of sage.

                                                                                               HUAI NAN TZU

[Photograph: John Chang McCurdy]