I like to collect wise sayings, and today, to my delight, I have come across two, both of which have taught me something new.
Here they are:
“I’m getting angrier as I get older”, said
by the artist, Cornelia Parker.
And a quotation from Tolstoy:
“We can know only that we know
nothing. And that is the highest degree
of human wisdom.”
The first, by Cornelia Parker, echoes
something which I have only just become aware of, my own increasing sense of
anger at the inequalities of this world.
I only have to think of those rich people gathering in Davos now, all
flying in with their private jets, and most of whom, I expect, live in gated
communities to keep the starving hordes at bay, for this sense of anger within
me to well over into a kind of fury that the poor and disadvantaged are
expected to make sacrifices whilst the rich just add to their financial
And, seen from the point of view of a five
element acupuncturist, the Tolstoy quotation is an excellent reminder to me of
something I always want to emphasize in my teaching. With every patient we see we must always
start from a position of absolute humility, of “knowing nothing”, because each
is unique and teaches us something completely new.
I will leave my readers to decide whether either
of these quotations resonate for them as they do for me.