named Ling long before. What should these two persons know about it?"
- As evidenced by the inscription, the Duke had been so named long before, in the Book of Fate.
Shao Chih asked T'ai Kung Tiao, saying, "What is meant by society?"
- The first name signifies Small Knowledge. Of the second personage there is no record.
"Society," replied T'ai Kung Tiao, "is an agreement of a certain number of families and individuals to abide by certain customs. Discordant elements unite to form a harmonious whole. Take away this unity and each has a separate individuality.
"Point at any one of the many parts of a horse, and that is not a horse, although there is the horse before you. It is the combination of all which makes the horse.
"Similarly, a mountain is high because of its individual particles. A river is large because of its individual drops. And he is a just man who regards all parts from the point of view of the whole.
"Thus, in regard to the views of others, he holds his own opinion, but not obstinately. In regard to his own views, while conscious of their truth, he does not despise the opinions of others.
"The four seasons have different characteristics.