(But How Do You Know That?)
By Zhuangzi [Chuang Tze]
Chinese text | Story | Classics
One day Zhuangzi and Huizi are strolling on Bridge Hao.
Zhuangzi : "Look how happy the fish are just swimming around in the river."
Huizi : "How do you know they are happy? You are not a fish."
Zhuangzi: "And you are not me. How do you know I don't know the fish are happy?"
Huizi: "Of course I'm not you, and I don't know what you think;
Zhuangzi: "Look, when you asked me how I knew the fish were happy,
- ZhuangZi (369?-286? b.c.)
tr. Brian Bruya