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Three wise monkeys

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The three wise monkeys are a nice pictorial maxim. 見ざる, 聞かざる, 言わざる which literally means “don’t see, don’t hear, don’t speak”. It got a negative connotation in the western world.

I really like the old interpretation.

Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.

It does not have this negative touch, if you see propriety in the eye of the beholder.

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Edit 1: There are pictograms of the three monkeys in unicode! See page 2 in the right column middle section.