Po Chü-I on Chuang-tzü

Chuang-tzü levels all things
And reduces them to the same Monad.
But I say that even in their sameness
Difference may be found.
Although in following the promptings of their nature
They display the same tendency,
Yet it seems to me that in some ways
A phoenix is superior to a reptile!

translated by Arthur Waley

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