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飛翔的魚─水擊三千里

文、圖◎王卉娟

  之前畫了《莊子‧逍遙遊》中的飛翔的魚,「水擊三千里」這句話卻一直在腦中盤旋不去。

  故事中,大魚「鯤」變化為「鵬」,在海風大作時,這隻巨鳥「鵬」,就會遷徙到南海。 

  當鵬要遷徙時,水面激起三千里波濤,牠拍翅盤旋而上,飛到九萬里的高空。

  為什麼要有這麼豐富的水量和風呢?

  因為積存的水不夠深,它就無力承載大船;積存的風不夠大,它就無力承載巨翅。 

  是啊!想飛,先把水積存夠了,然後等待風起 ⋯⋯。

  Zhuangzi was a renowned 4th Century BC Chinese philosopher. In his book titled "ZHUANGZI" he wrote about a giant fish called Kun.

  The story tells how Kun eventually transformed into a giant bird called Peng.

  When Peng was about to migrate the water's surface stirred to cause an eruption with waves rising to three thousand miles as Peng's wings began to flap as he rose above the ocean reaching a height of ninety thousand miles.

  Why is there so much water and wind?

  If the waters are no deep enough large ships cannot move through the ocean. if the wind is not strong enough Peng's giant wings would not support his flight.

  To take flight a large volume of water is needed and then we wait for the strength of the wind to carry the giant wings into the air.


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