For forty years, a fisherman in China used a straight needle to fish with. Whenever someone asked him why he didn’t use a bent hook, the fisherman always replied, “You can catch an ordinary fish with a bent hook, but I will catch a great fish with my straight hook.” Finally, word of this reached the Emperor, who decided to visit this foolish fisherman himself. After the Emperor saw the man fishing with a straight needle, he asked, “What are you fishing for?” The fisherman said: “I am fishing for you, Emperor!” ~ Zen story

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