The Power Of Being Useless

A lesson from the Taoist sage Zhuangzi

indi.ca
8 min readNov 13, 2020

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Zhuangzi contemplates a waterfall

Zhuangzi, the ancient Taoist philosopher, is useless. He’d take that as a compliment. His friend Huizi starts by unleashing what seems to be this sick burn on him, saying,

“I have a huge tree which people call the Stink Tree. The trunk is swollen and gnarled, impossible to align with any level or ruler. The branches are twisted…

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