Helping Young Shoots to Grow
A man in the state of Song felt the shoots in his fields were not growing fast enough. So he pulled them all up, then went home quite exhausted.
"I'm tired out today," he told his family. "I've been helping the young shoots to grow."
His son ran out to the fields to have a look, and found all their seedlings were dead.
Most people would like to help young shoots to grow; but some think all efforts useless and make no attempt, not even weeding the fields; others try to help the shoots grow by pulling them up. This, of course, is worse than useless.