A man living with monkeys was about to feed them nuts.
“Morning three and night four,” he said.
All the monkeys were furious.
“Okay… morning four and night three then,” he said.
All the monkeys were delighted.
This is actually a story Zhuangzi used to scold (make fun) of people. He is saying that most people are like monkeys, easily manipulated.
When scolded, people get angry. When praised, people are joyful. But it’s all just words; there is no actual loss; yet the difference in emotions.
Just like the monkeys, it’s still seven nuts a day; there’s no actual loss. Yet the difference in emotions.