“Clubfoot-Hunchback-No-Lips talked to Duke Ling of Wei. Duke Ling was so delighted with him that when he saw normal people, their necks appeared thin and scraggy. Jug-Jar-Big-goiter talked to Duke Huan of Chi. Duke Huan was so delighted with him that when he saw normal people, he too thought their necks were thin and scraggy. So when goodness shines forth, the outward appearances are forgotten. We do not forget what ought to be forgotten, but forget what ought not be forgotten. This is forgetfulneess indeed!”
From Chuang Tsu Inner Chapters translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
From one new year to the next…
May all of us everywhere be blessed, and not least of all our close cousins the monkeys.
New world monkeys, old world monkeys.
May their luck change for the good, and their habitats remain.
May our luck change for the good, and our shared planet be well, and may we have a hand in that.
Or better, our hands off what we don’t need. Leaving be more to be well.
This little sister is a juvenile capuchin, and her picture credit UK Mirror.