Zhuangzi, the famous Chinese writer, tells
the story of Zhu Pingman, who went in search
of a teacher in order to learn the best way to
The teacher trained Pingman for ten whole
years, until he had honed to perfection the most
sophisticated dragon-slaying techniques.
Pingman spent the rest of his life looking
for dragons in order show off his skills: to his
great disappointment, he never found a single
The writer of the story comments: 'We all
prepare ourselves to slay dragons, but end up
instead being devoured by the ants of the details
that we never bothered to look at.'