Occasionally I come across a person that resonates strongly with my words. While these people are few and far between when compared to those that disagree with some of the things I say, they are often the ones that I hear the most. This is a reaction created almost entirely by my own ego through the desire to make my words about myself rather than just letting them stand on their own. This idea that someone has learned from something from me is rooted in the belief that I am a “teacher” that is showing people around me the truth.
The role of the teacher in the Western world seems to be one in which a single person stands in front of many others and tells them the nature of how a specific subject works. This nature is taught mostly as a series of rules and guidelines in which the students are required to follow. As a student of music, I am mostly taught that well written music has a set of rules and guidelines that are called “theory,” and I am then told to create my own music according to these guidelines while simultaneously studying great artists of the past who seemed not to follow the very rules I am taught they created.
I do not want to go to far in to the failings of American education in this post so I will make my point. We all seem to develop this notion that at some point we become teachers and are meant to tell other people what truth is. This idea only divides humanity as we are each constantly at war with one another, attempting to show how we are closer to perfection than those around us. But we must understand one thing. Each of us was born in to our own individual experience of this collective existance and you can not force another individual to fit in your own idea of the truth. We must realize that we are each here to try to understand those around us and apply that understanding to our own version of this truth.
This means that we will forever be a student of the truth and we learn by finding the understanding between all of us. The truth is not within any single one of us and we need to learn to replace “I” with “We.”