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Edward H. Schafer

- interference with natural process. ' Even more to the point in this connection is the ancient parable of the sea-bird, which Confucius is made to pronounce, uncharacter- istically, in the ancient Taoist book of Cbuang Although imbued with broader implications, the story can be taken in its narrower 1) We find

Edward H. Schafer

Chuang tzu-one such is the parable of the sea-bird, which illustrates the principle that no creature can fulfil itself outside of its natural habitat. 5) Huai nan tzu extends this concept to caged and penned animals, which need at least a relative freedom: Now shepherding the people is like keeping birds