Two Children Debating on the Sun
Two children debating on the Sun was a quite famous story written in book of Liezi, and the main figure was Confucius who was a negative man in Taoism and used to be seriously criticized and scorned by Taoist philosophers, so in many classics of Taoism, Confucianism is the villain of the stories, especially in book of Zhuangzi. This story also keeps this basic feature:
Confucius eastwardly visited and saw two children debating, and he asked him what they were quarrelling about.
One child said: “I think the sun at daybreak is the closest to us and farthest at noon”, the other defied and said:”I think the sun at daybreak is the farthest to us and closest at noon”.
One child said”I think the sun at daybreak is as large as a carriage cover, and like a plate at noon. This just tells us the sun looks small when farther away from man, and big when closer to man”, and the other said”The sun at daybreak is cold and freezing, but at noon, it is as hot as the boiled water, and this tells us the sun is hot when it is closer to man, and cold when farther away from man”.
Confucius could not give a judgment.
Two children laughed at him “Are you the man said to be knowledgeable?”