The Joy Of Fishes

tao of fish

Chuang Tzu and Hui Tzu were crossing Hao river by the dam.

Chuang said: ” See how free the fishes leap and dart: that is their happiness.”

Hui Replied: “Since you are not a fish, how do you know what makes fishes happy?”

Chuang said: ” Since you are not I, how can you possibly know that I do not know what makes fishes happy?”

Hui argued: ” If I, not being you, cannot know what you know, it follows that you, not being a fish, cannot know what they know.”

Chuang said: “Wait a minute! Let us get back to the original question. What you asked me was, ‘How do you know, what makes fishes happy?’ From the terms of your question, you evidently know I know what makes fishes happy.

” I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.”

Taken from: The Way Of Chuang Tzu, by Thomas Merton

Image by: Josh Fleming

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