Moment, Trice, and Murkiness                     By You-Sheng Li

The Emperor of the Southern Sea was called Moment, and the Emperor of the Northern Sea was called Trice. The Emperor of the Middle Land was Murkiness. Moment and Trice often went to visit the Middle Land where Murkiness treated them well. Moment and Trice wanted to repay his virtue and said, "People all have the same seven holes in their heads to see, hear, eat, and breathe but Murkiness alone has none. Let’s see if we can help by boring some for him." Every day they bored him a new hole but Murkiness died on the seventh day.   (From Chuang Tzu Chapter 7) 

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