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To Penetrate One's Shield with One's Own Spear — Self-Contradiction



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2. To Penetrate One's Shield with One's Own Spear — Self-Contradiction

This allusion comes from Writings of Hanfeizi·Hindrance·The First Volume: There was a man from the Chu State who was a seller of spears and shields. To advertise the firmness of his shields, he cried, “Look, nothing can penetrate my shields.” A moment later, to advertise the sharpness of his spears, he cried, “Look, there’s nothing they cannot penetrate.” “How about using your own spear to try on your own shield?” someone asked. The man could not make a reply. Now this allusion is used to refer to the case of being self-contradictory and inconsistent.






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