CAP. XXVI.] Contingencies 359
human," said Chuang Tzŭ, would he not do so? Unable to do so, how should he succeed?
"The determination to retire, to renounce the world, — such alas! is not the fruit of perfect wis- dom or immaculate virtue. From cataclysms ahead, these do not turn back; nor do they heed the approach of devouring flame. Although there are class distinctions of high and low, these are but for a time, and under the changed conditions of a new sphere are unknown.
In the transcendental state.
"Wherefore it has been said, ' The perfect man leaves no trace behind.'
"For instance, to glorify the past and to con- demn the present has always been the way of the scholar.
Laudator temporis acti.
Yet if Hsi Wei Shih and individuals of that class
were caused to re-appear in the present day, which of them but would accommodate himself to the age?
"Only the perfect man can transcend the limits of the human and yet not withdraw from the world, live in accord with mankind and yet suffer no injury himself. Of the world's teachings he learns nothing. He has that within which makes him independent of others.
"If the eye is unobstructed, the result is sight. If the ear is unobstructed the result is hearing. If