We’ll Start with the Master

“If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence”

Lao Tzu

We are fascinated by intelligence, or more precisely intelligences.

The great Tao Master Lao Tzu shows a similar fascination in his writing “Tao te Ching: The Book of the Way”. As the origin of Taoism, this masterpiece is a source of constant consideration and thoughtfulness for us, giving us so much to consider, such is the brilliance of a phrase.

Throughout this blog, we will be referring back to the Tao te Ching on various occasions, and will readily invite readers to participate to our ongoing and live debate about the works of Lao Tzu and others.

In many ways, this is the wonderment in itself; the ultimate paradox.

Whilst there may be pleasure and enjoyment in analysing the words of the Master, there is also the notion that we should not try and over scrutinize such words and phrases. They should be learned through life, through living, and experiencing – feeling, thinking, imagining. From our insights and actions the reality of the words, for us, will become apparent.

Or they won’t. No matter.

And yet, there is that ingrained desire in some of us to debate, to consider and to think.

What did he mean? What exactly is he saying? What could it mean for me, for us?

Can we learn and act differently if we look at these words more carefully?

Can I interpret this one way, and another person see the words in an entirely different interpretation?

The joy of the paradox.

As with Taoism, Zen proffers giving in order to receive. It is a virtuous way. In giving we find ourselves – the ultimate gain, without losing ourselves. This is so important, for each of us has a different path and our enlightenment can only come from knowing ourselves.

We return the master.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”

So what exactly is intelligence?

What we would like to do with this blog is explore this question, through the wisdom of others and through a little dash of our own. We would certainly like to consider the idea that humans have a collection of intelligences, and that the works and words of the great Eastern Philosophers seem to reiterate this idea of ours.

We want to consider values and virtues and whether we can live within the paradox of confusion, or is there really no confusion at all?

We look forward to meeting new people through this blog whilst we come to terms with our own interpretations, our own philosophies and our own Way.

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