독소(獨笑) (To Laugh Alone)
A household with great wealth lacks children,
A household with many children is poor,
Those who are at high positions are idiots,
Those with talent have no way to develop them.
A house with complete luck is rare to find,
Great morality is bound to fade away,
If the father is thrift then the son is prodigal,
If the wife is wise then the husband is foolish.
When the full moon is out the weather is cloudy,
When the flowers are at full bloom the weather is windy.
Such is how everything works.
There is no one who knows the reason why I am laughing.
~ Dasan Jeung Yak Yong (a Korean academic from the late 18th century)