When Confucius was traveling in the eastern part of the country, he came upon two children hot in argument, so he asked them to tell him what it was all about.
"I think," said one child, "that the sun is near to us at daybreak and far away from us at noon."
The other contended that the sun was far away at dawn and nearby at midday.
"When the sun first appears," said one child, "it is as big as the canopy of a carriage, but at noon it is only the size of a plate or a bowl. Well, isn't it true that objects far away seem smaller while those nearby seem bigger?"
"When the sun comes out," pointed out the other, "it is very cool, but at midday it is as hot as putting your hand in boiling water. Well, isn't it true that what is nearer to us is hotter and what is farther off is cooler?"
Confucius was unable to settle the matter for them.
The two children laughed at him, "Who says you are a learned man?"
Lie Zi - Han Dynasty
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