Ki-Aikido Prague Libuš calligraphy

Do not express yourself but listen to the world

There is a common idea in Europe that one should learn to express oneself. This is good for children and young people but not good for adults. Adults should be able to express themselves and communicate with the world so they should also be able to understand the world. However, most people neglect to understand the world and just try to express themselves so that the world understand them. This is a childish attitude.

When one gets older, the brain gets weaker and one tends to stop listening to the world. Then one just tries to express oneself all the time so that the world around adjusts to one's life. This attitude will make it difficult for others around to live with.

Everyone gets old and you must prepare for your old age. The most important preparation is to stop expressing yourself and try to listen to others.

Doshu (2019)