62-The amount in British pence that the British Royal Family cost each British citizen in the 2005-2006 financial year. REVOLT!!!
Even though they’re having tea and cake at the Palace, Lao says, isn’t it better to send a polite refusal to the invitation to the wedding of William and Sophie. Sure, you’d be able to sit in the same church as Beyonce and Beckham, but isn’t there more to be had in finding tao? Lao Tzu really loved tao. He wasn’t as up to scratch with Beyonce or Beckham.
This chapter tells us that there are lots of rewards out there to be had for the taking (or buying, if we are referring to Mr Greenall’s opus magnus). But Lao asks us to consider whether they are really worth it. Let’s assume that the rewards are things such as green ticks, gold stars, exam certificates, higher levels, lexical items that can be memorised and regurgitated upon command, grammar “points”. The illusions of dominance over a language: Before I upper intermediate; now I pre-advance.
Perhaps the really valuable gift is something beyond these things. Perhaps it’s being able to use another language to interact with the world; perhaps it’s being able to listen to a song in that language and really get it; or to read a text in that language and lose yourself in it. Perhaps, he wrote in a Hallmark way, it’s being able to dream in another language. [bleurgh] If it is any of these things though, the way (the Way) you’re going to need to approach your learning [on] is very different to the way in which you need to approach your learning if you’re mainly interested in stars and certs. As ever, we can substitute “learning” with “teaching”.
I’m drinking Lavazza Decaffeinato today. Can you notice a difference? I can. I’m usually ready to fly by this point.