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05/14/2010 05:39 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dogs Crow, Cocks Bark

Small Knowledge said: "Ji Zhen holds that the world was not created by anything, and Jiezi holds that it was created by something. Which is correct and which is wrong?"
Comprehensive Understanding, as reported by Zhuangzi, replied: "Cocks crow and dogs bark."

That's what Zhuangzi reported 25 centuries ago which is a bit out of date. I report: "Dogs crow and cocks bark."
Zhuangzi, on the behalf of Comprehensive Understanding, replies: "Sound is sound. A description of reality isn't the reality that it describes. Dogs crow, cocks bark, minds talk."

A Zhuangzi historian says: "Zhuangzi never said that."
I say: "He didn't have to."

So, I ask you: "Which right is left?"

References:
Zhuangzi: Primary Sources in Philosophy by Kolak, Hochsmann, Guorong (Pearson/Longman, 2007)