Confucius was besieged between Ch'en and Ts'ai, and for seven days he ate no cooked food. T'ai-kung Jen went to offer his sympathy. "It looks as if you're going to die," he said.Hey, it's an honest answer. At one time or another, each of us worries about dying. It might not represent the quintessential "philosophical" answer, but...
"It does indeed."
"Do you hate the thought of dying?"
"I certainly do!"
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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