Fishes’ Joy / ink and color painting
Above the ditch, two people are hunched over the railing of the arched bridge, appreciating the fishes swimming in the water below. For some reason, the two people begin to argue about whether the fish are happy. One believes that the fish are happy, and the other disagrees. Finally, the person losing the argument starts finding fault with the other person’s words. They continue to bicker, and each is determined to win the dispute.
Actually, we merely have to ask the fish to find out whether they are happy or unhappy. If the fish do not answer, we can answer on their behalf: (1) Is the water clean and free from pesticides and other pollutants? (2) Are people constantly fishing using bait? (3) If people walk on the bridge every day, and not only talk loudly, but also argue incessantly about the question of whether fish are happy or not, the fish will see the people’s forms, and won’t be able to hide; in this situation, how can the fish be happy? ＠