Chuang Tzu was walking in the mountains when he saw a huge tree, its branches and leaves thick and lush. A woodcutter paused by its side but made no move to cut it down. When Chuang Tzu asked the reason, he replied, "There's nothing it could be used for!" Chuang Tzu said, "Because of its worthlessness, this tree is able to live out the years Heaven gave it."In today's world, the truly humble individual often is treated as worthless. Because she doesn't draw attention to herself, she goes unnoticed. Because she doesn't thump her chest, people ignore her. But she doesn't care because that's not what matters to her.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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