The great oak and philosopher

Zhuangzi was an ancient philosopher, approximately around the third century BC lived. He was a founder of Taoism, along with Laozi. His style of deployment of its principles and ideas was a little different than those of other philosophers. He does not leave, written records explains his philosophy. Instead, he left many stories that contain significant and profound meanings. Of the written records exist, he seems to have been a naturalist. You tell us his stories plenty of nature and natural features, such as a tree, an insect, a fish, a bird, or a spirit. He used trees more than once in his stories, to teach people the true nature of existence. A mahogany appears in several of his stories, but for this story, he used an oak.


In a part of China, there was a huge oak tree. The tree was so large that 100 cows could be under his shadow. The tribe was so thick that 200 people not enough to encircle it. Many people came to the structure, see every day out of sheer curiosity. A Carpenter and his disciples lived in the vicinity, but the master carpenters do not observe on the oak. One of the students asked his master why he not the tree cut down and to build houses. Finally, the tree could be used to build hundreds homes. The master replied that the tree was useless, because you too old and too heavy to cut and craft.


The best thing to do, leave it alone.


The oak was published in the master in this night dreams. The tree asked; "Such as calling you dare me useless?" It mentioned trees like other oak cut and of people, houses, to build ships or furniture, and selfish reasons and purposes are killed have been. "Useless was useful for me, as it meant that I could survive." The oak pointed out that despite his uselessness to the people, it had been useful in the nests for birds and insects. The leaves falling down in the autumn, gave food to the country and grew other trees, plants and flowers. The oak finished with the words: "do not judge usefulness only by the actions of people." Nature is not only for the people. "People should not forget that they survive only thanks to nature."


The Carpenter woke up the next morning and thought that the oak tree had said. He spoke with other villagers and decided to make a theme of worship as part of their local religion of oak.


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