Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 65-1 Ignorant
In the old days, those who did Tao well didn't make people bright by it. Instead, they made them ignorant by it. (Ch.65)
Who are "people"?
"People" are you.
If you want to know who you are, look at people around you.
They are you.
Or, more precisely, they are your own self beyond your control, or Tako 他己. (☞ See Tao by Matsumoto / You and non-you)
You use Tao to make yourself more stupid.
The more ignorant you are, the closer to Tao you are.
If you are bright, brilliant, or intelligent, it is difficult to accept that your intelligence is part of the hologram and, therefore, does not belong to you.
That's why Lao Tzu asks you to reduce your knowledge and learn not to learn. (☞ See Reduce 48-1 and Learn no learn 64-18)
-Too intelligent 65-2
-Harmful intelligence 65-3
-Not by intelligence 65-4
-Rules of Tao 65-5
-Miracle rule 65-6
-Miracle attainment 65-7
-Return to Tao 65-8
-Perfect integration 65-9
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 65
Tao answers your question!
☞There are two gems highly recommended. One is Yasunari Kawabata's «The Scarlet Gang's of Asakusa / Asakusa Kurenai-dan» and the other is Yasujiro Ozu's «Tokyo Story / Tokyo monogatari». Both portray the beauty and cruelty of everyday life in Tokyo. The former was written before World War 2 and the latter was shot right after it. The buildings and fashions in Tokyo are no longer the same. The mentality of the people there changed, well, once. Once Tokyo was a symbol of the consumer society. After the two decades of sluggish economy, a new type of consumers is emerging. They are consumers who do not consume a lot. They are post-consumers. They appreciate non-material things more than material ones. They are ready to adore the friendship for survival in «The Scarlet Gang's of Asakusa» and the sensitivity towards person-to-person contacts in «Tokyo Story».