After all, teaching is about what happens out there – here’s an example of what was going on while I was doing all this heart-searching at this link:
“TEACHING is even more difficult than learning … and why is teaching more difficult than learning? Not because the teacher must have a larger store of information, and have it always ready. Teaching is more difficult than learning because what teaching calls for is this: to let learn. The real teacher, in fact, lets nothing else be learned than- learning. His conduct, therefore, often produces the impression that we properly learn nothing from him, if by ‘learning’ we now suddenly understand merely the procurement of useful information. The teacher is ahead of his students in this alone, that he still has far more to learn than they- he has to learn to let them learn. The teacher must be capable of being more teachable than the apprentices. The teacher is far less assured of his ground than those who learn are of theirs. If the relation between the teacher and the taught is genuine, therefore, there is never a place in it for the authority of the know-it-all or the authoritative sway of the official. It is still an exalted matter then, to become a teacher- that is something else entirely than becoming a famous professor.”
Martin Heidegger: ‘What is called thinking?’
The world is dynamic process of which we are one small infinitesimal part. It cannot be fixed and all description is subjective in time and in its point of view.
“The Buddha taught that beyond this world created by our own senses and limitations, the phenomenal world dissolves into a dynamic process. The true nature of reality lies beyond the realm of language and linear analysis.”
Helena Norberg–Hodge, Ancient Futures
The world is unknowable in its wholeness.
“You can put Chinese garden in the world, but you cannot put the world in a Chinese garden.”
If we accept and live this reality, we know longer try to impose our world on the world, but put our perceptions in perspective, try to understand our own prejudices and understand the point of view of others.
“Before you judge a man, walk in his moccasins for three moons”
American Indian saying
To pose the questions “What if I am mistaken?” How would I perceive this event if I were the other person?” If we acted upon these simple precepts, much human unhappiness could be avoided; whether it be simple aggression in your car, when every other driver becomes an idiot, or aggression of one group or nation on another. Tolerance and humility must be the consequence.
“The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.”
T.S.Eliot: Four Quartets
This takes creativity and imagination. People still tend to say, “yes, that’s very well; but some people are just plain wrong!” We find it hard to accept that our values are culturally formed and not absolute: the other does not understand; he must be controlled for his own good. You must see the world from my point of view. We will not allow the possibility of multiple realities.
Always remaining open, questioning, doubting and reassessing takes energy, openness and constant attention to the present. It means living with uncertainty. Understanding is a long slow, subtle process that takes the whole being, not just the mind. It is easier to label, fix and forget.
From fear: fear of a lack of certainty: fear of inadequacy, of not being in control, we try to fix, to control, and to impose. The more uncertain we become – the more we see that we are not in control, the more systems we put into place.
Systems that are not living breathing and evolving die – and kill. We see the consequence in the intransigence of controlling, inhuman systems.
Love is the human access to the possibility of other worlds; to open ourselves; to become the beloved and lose ourselves in union, outside time and partiality.
“Love springs from awareness. It is only inasmuch as you see someone as he or she really is here and now and not as they are in you memory or your desire or in your imagination or projection that you can truly love them, otherwise it is not the person that you love but the idea that have formed of this person or this person as the object of your desire not as he or she is in themselves.”
Anthony de Mello “The Way to Love”
“Love one another.”