But when looking up he discovered
that the higher branches were too gnarled
to be used for floorboards or rafters.
When looking down he noticed that the trunk
was too soft and pitted to be used for coffins.
He licked one of the leaves and it left
a burning taste in his mouth.
He sniffed the bark and the odor
was enough to take away
his appetite for three days.
'This wretched tree is completely useless,"
he exclaimed, "and this must be why
it has grown so large!
Aha! --this is exactly the kind
of uselessness that the
holy man puts to great use."