鲁国有对夫妻,男的是鞋匠,鞋子做的很好;女的是织绢能手。有一天,他们商量想到越国去谋生。消息传到四邻后,有人对他们说:"不要到那儿去!否则你们一定无法生存的!"那对夫妇说:"我们不明白你的意思, 我们都有一套手艺,怎么 会生活不了呢?别胡说了!" 那人说:"对呀,你们虽然都有一套手艺,可是你们要知道,鞋子是给人穿的,但越国人都赤脚不穿鞋子,你们织的丝绢原是做帽子用的,但越国人喜欢披着头发,不戴帽子,你们的本领虽大,手艺虽高,但你们做的鞋子、帽子去卖给谁呢?那对夫妇这才明白,凡事如果不合时宜,不符合客观环境就不中用了。 -
Ignorance of the objective world
In the State of Lu, there was a couple of husband and wife, the former being an expert shoemaker and the latter a skilled hand in wearing taffeta. One day after consultations they decided to go to the state of Yue to earn a livelihood. The neighbors advised them not to go when they learned about their plan. "Don't go there," said one neighbor, "If you go, you can never earn a livelihood."
"We cannot understand you," int