SELF-SACRIFICE AND SELF-AGGRANDIZEMENT
Thereupon Ch’in-Tse told Meng-sun-Yang, who replied:
"I will explain the Master's meaning.
"Supposing for tearing off a piece of your skin you were offered ten thousand gold pieces, would you do it?"
Meng-sun-Yang again asked:
"Supposing for cutting off one of your limbs you were to get a kingdom, would you do it?"
Ch’in-Tse was silent.
"See now," said Meng-sun-Yang. "A hair is unimportant compared with the skin, and the skin also is unimportant compared with a limb.
"However, many hairs put together form skin, and many skins form a limb. Therefore, though a hair is but one among the many molecules composing the body, it is not to be disregarded."
"I do not know how to answer you. If I were to ask Lao-tse and Kuan-Yin, your opinion would be found right, and so also if I were to consult great Yü and Me-ti."
Meng-sun-Yang upon this turned round to his disciples, and spoke of something else.
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