Chuang Chou got wind of [the ancient tradition of the Way] and delighted in it. With his outrageous opinions, reckless words, extravagant formulations, he was sometimes too free but was not partisan, he did not show things from one particular point of view. He thought that the empire was sinking in the mud, and could not be talked with in too solemn language... Although is writings are extraordinary there is no harm in their oddities. Although his formulations are irregular, their enigmas deserve consideation. What is solid in them we cannot do without.