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Does anyone understand it? Why is it so complicated and incomprehensible? Is this some sort of ancient/poetic Chinese? Thanks in advance!

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I do not have any problem understanding the first part (still a bit difficult), but after the colon it becomes harder mainly by the heavy usage of classical Chinese. For instance, I asked a native the meaning of "恺恻" and he didn't know either. Also, many words are different in Modern Chinese, like  吾 instead of 我, or 物 instead of 事. Anyway, a Chinese won't have any problem getting what the text wants to convey.

My native language is not English, but I think it may be more or less as hard as reading some English from 400 years ago.

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Yes , this text uses some older Chinese words that we don’t really use today. Like 吾。this mean “ I”.


if you use this word today in your daily conversations, some people might laugh because it is outdated to use this. 

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