Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 20, Part 11

Trey Smith

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.

"It does indeed."

"Do you hate the thought of dying?"

"I certainly do!"

~ Burton Watson translation ~
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...

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