54 – the number of coloured squares on a Rubik’s cube.
Buenos días, my little anacondas. Looking for a fix of taoist teaching wisdom? Happened upon this site? Sorry to disappoint.
Lao-T sings today that if you’ve got a good grasp of what it is that makes you tick, then you are going to be pretty unshakeable. Be grounded in your convictions. Do what you do because you have given it a bloody bit of thought – not because this is what you have been trained to do. You’re not a puppy. Are you?
He also chirps that if we want to know what something is, we have to look at it. He’s a bona fide genius. But he’s teasingly reminding us that many people don’t bother to look; they just assume that something is what it says it is. It’s not a certificate which makes you a teacher – it’s the fact that you teach people. What does to teach mean? Well, my dictionary gives one meaning as to make someone less inclined to do something eg. I’ll teach you to mess with young girls. A rather unfortunate example, one is forced to conclude, but a fascinating definition.
I think Lao wants us to go a bit deeper here too. If you are a teacher then you can look at what you do – this is teaching, at least as far as you understand it. If your friend is a teacher, you can look at what she does – this is teaching, at least as far as she understands it. And of course you could substitute teacher with learner. There are many rooms in Lao’s house.Our world is our perception. If we want to know about other people, we have to consider their perception too.
How does Lao know that what he has just said is true? “Because I just said it,” he replies. The cat is cool.