- The law is made and participated in and judged by man; and man is flawed. That is why the fairness and justice it prescribes are only relatively objective and correct. If even the relative (and muddled) cannot be guaranteed and maintained; then, at this moment, trampling on the “law” becomes the greatest fairness and justice!
- Zhuangzi – Pilferer: “He who steals the hook is punished, and he who steals the state is a vassal; the door of the vassal is open while benevolence and righteousness exist.” Meaning: He who steals a hook is executed, and he who usurps power becomes a vassal instead. It is used to satirize the hypocrisy and unreasonableness of the law, which by extension means that reality is hypocritical. This phrase denies the way of the sages and reflects Taoist thought. In Zhuangzi’s view, all legal texts and institutions that exist must be coarse-grained and have their limitations.