Chuang Tzu is a delightful, entertaining author, both philosophically and stylistically. Reading him is like conversing with a bright, funny, irreverent, and challenging friend. Where Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching can be detached and cerebral, Chuang Tzu’s writing is always lively and imbued with an earthy humor. Rather than lecturing or preaching at the reader, he imparts his wisdom through comedic parables, charmingly absurd logic and deliberately outlandish language. Chuang Tzu is one of those rare thinkers who can work with equal ease in both the realm of intellectual abstractions and that of vivid story-telling.