But now something has happened to make people crane their necks and stand on tiptoe. "There's a worthy man in such and such a place!" they cry and, bundling up their provisions, they dash off. At home, they abandon their parents; abroad, they shirk the service of their ruler. Their footprints form an unending trail to the borders of the other feudal lords, their carriage tracks weave back and forth a thousand li and more. This is the fault of men in high places who covet knowledge.As I have opined before, there is nothing wrong with seeking out a teacher or a guide on our journeys through life. There is no sin in asking for a little assistance from time to time. Too often, however, people look for gurus to attach themselves to. They crave the status and attention of being a devout "disciple."
~ Burton Watson translation ~
Others certainly can provide insights, but each of us must blaze our own trails.
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