墨子 – Mozi on Causality

彭輕生子曰:“往者可知,來者不可知。”子墨子曰:“籍設而親在百里之外,則遇難焉,期以一日也,及之則生,不及則死。今有固車良馬於此,又有奴馬四隅之輪於此,使子擇焉,子將何乘?” 對曰:“乘良馬固車,可以速至。”子墨子曰:“焉在矣來!”

–《墨子 – 魯問》

Peng Qing Shengzi said: “The past can be known, the future cannot.” Mozi said: Suppose your parents met with misfortune a hundred li away. And there was just the margin of a single day. If they could be reached they would live, if not they would die. Here are a strong wagon and an excellent horse, and also a bad horse and a square-wheeled cart. And you are allowed to choose. Which would you take? It was replied: The excellent horse and the strong wagon of course, to make for a more speedy journey. Mozi said: How then is the future not knowable?

–Mozi, Lu’s Question

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