Are Master Networkers Selling Water by the Bank of a River?
Master Sogaku Harada died at the age of ninety-one. At his funeral service hung a piece of calligraphy written by himself:
“FOR FORTY YEARS I HAVE BEEN SELLING WATER BY THE BANK OF A RIVER. HO, HO!
MY LABOURS HAVE BEEN WHOLLY WITHOUT MERIT.”
Of course we know that Master Networkers are not Zen Masters. However it could be said that this scenario is the case online where people pay for things, they themselves could have done with a lot of energy and tireless enthusiasm.
Of course the original statement can be said only by a Zen master. First he says ‘Selling water by the river’ where there is no need really. The river is flowing: you can simply jump into the river and drink your fill. However, we usually seek others to show the way; the upside in that they have done much of the work and the downside in that people can be misled.
Naturally the responsibility always lies with the individual and anyone professing to tell you otherwise only has their own axe to grind and usually on you. In a way we are all doing this in one way or another, me included.
But some of us may have first had the experience of what we are expressing, secondly have a certain knack of how to put it in writing and thirdly can put it so succinctly that the reader can then act upon the written information and assistance.
Otherwise all written words, except perhaps poetry are a waste of time if nothing is done to test their veracity: already something as Mindy as philosophy requires action of thought.
What’s your opinion on selling water by the edges of the river?