On the one hand, we are trying to attribute a meaning to everything. On the other hand, life constantly reminds us of its meaning. If knowledge is formed by experience, how can we then say that we have knowledge about life without understanding experiences?
We come to the world as individuals. One. One is a number which is visualised with a simple line in all languages. The Latin origin expression that we call the Roman numeral is: I. It is a single horizontal line in Japanese, which was developed from the Chinese alphabet: 一. Just like the Buddha statue lying with its head on its hand. And in the modern numeral system which comes from Arabic: 1.
We do not live alone. We become 1+1. When we look at the Roman numeral, two I’s come side by side: II. In Japanese, two straight lines overlap: 二. It is a little different in the modern system: 2. It is as if we have secured the base, but we have continued with a little curving on it.
Then it multiplies. 2+2 = 4. The Romans combined I with V, which represents five, and said IV. The Japanese made a square first, then added two more lines like a curtain: 四. It looks like saying we look at life through the window of our home. In the modern system, on the other hand, there is a search for balance: 4. We are trying to carry the burden of life by standing on one leg.
Then we continue to multiply. 4+4 = 8. The Romans based it still on five in a proliferating manner: VIII. Perhaps from the nature of the empire. The Japanese are back to two lines: 八. By learning to bow in front of each other. We have two circles stuck together: 8.
8… Two circles… Two spaces or emptiness…
“Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the centre hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore profit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.”
says Lao Tzu.
The wealth is in the emptiness. Right in the middle of zero.
Or if 8 lies down, loosening itself slightly, here is the symbol of eternity: ∞.
We fight all the time: Ah, you are trying to get me into your circle… However, the truth is not in the boundaries of the circle, but in the experiences within. Just like bumpy roads. The important thing is to learn by living in this infinite journey.
Stay with love.