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’70 – birth year of Diarmuid Tzu

My teachings are easy to understand
and easy to put into practice.
Yet your intellect will never grasp them,
and if you try to practice them, you’ll fail.

My teachings are older than the world.
How can you grasp their meaning?

If you want to know me,
look inside your heart.

Worth quoting in full, I thought. Let’s ignore the saccharine ending and try and work out what’s going on. Put simply, it’s all very simple. It might sound obscure and mystic, but it really isn’t. The same might be said of teaching. Is there really anything more to good teaching than knowing how to engage people in conversation and helping them express themselves better? Isn’t the truth that the mythical backpackers can teach just as well as the seasoned pro? It’s not quantum physics (which I find ridiculously easy as well, by the way. Oh yah.) Why won’t the intellect grasp such easy things? Because they’re not intellectual concerns. If you try and practise them, why will you fail? Because Lao Tzu’s teachings work for Lao Tzu, not for you. If you want to know the best Way to teach, again we are told γνῶθι σεαυτόν, know yourself.

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