In the East, of course, there is a convention whereby a teacher points out characteristic human behaviour by adopting it himself, and this shocks or reminds others so that they learn without the defensiveness of their being tackled head-on being produced. This behaviour keeps alive the sense that learners should not flatter themselves that they are important because they are engaged on a spiritual task – rather that they need due humility. When I was a small boy and went into my father’s study one day and left the door open, he did not tell me to close it. Instead he said: ‘Oh, I seem to have left the door open. Would you kindly close it?’ That memory has stayed with me for over forty years.
Learning How to Learn
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