This verse from the Tao-te-ching speaks about teaching people to “not know”. What does that mean ? Maybe it is to cease judging, drop expectation and stay open to all possibilities. Understand and drop old conditioning. It is very difficult to talk someone out of their conviction – and I always have to check my own fixations too. What is it I believe to be true as opposed to what is true. It is of absolute importance to be honest to oneself – and others. Sometimes I am invited by someone to call upon the truth below the surface. When they know that they don’t know, people can find their own way.
The ancient Masters
didn’t try to educate the people,
but kindly taught them to not know.
When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.
When they know that they don’t know,
people can find their own way.
If you want to learn how to govern,
avoid being clever or rich.
The simpest pattern is the clearest.
Content with an ordinary life,
you can show all people the way
back to their own true nature