The Lord of the River said, "Whether they are external to things or internal, I do not understand how we come to have these distinctions of noble and mean or of great and small."If there is some entity that looks down on our world from beyond the heavens, all forms would look like nothing more than grains of sand. It would be like pictures of our planet taken from space. You could see the basic shape of the continent and oceans, but nothing specific and distinct.
Jo of the North Sea said, "From the point of view of the Way, things have no nobility or meanness. From the point of view of things themselves, each regards itself as noble and other things as mean. From the point of view of common opinion, nobility and meanness are not determined by the individual himself.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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