The next time you encounter something that appears useless ask yourself if it’s a problem of perspective. Perhaps it’s too large for our limited experience to grasp? Perhaps it has a structure and harmony that goes beyond those we use to make sense of our own?

Yao governed the kingdom and maintained perfect order within the four seas. However, when he went to see the four perfect men in the remote mountains of Gushe, north of the Fen river, he forgot his empire in a daze.

Zhuangzi §1

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