Thursday, February 04, 2016

"mine hour is not yet come" - What a Circle Teaches

Around Tokyo

What a Circle Teaches

According to an old Japanese philosopher, there was a strange teacher and a strange 1st-grade primary school boy before WWII.

In the first lesson to boys and girls who first came to learn in an elementary school of Japan, the teacher drew a circle on the blackboard, saying, "Now draw this for your self, and raise your hands when you finish it,"

Every pupil drew a circle on a sheet of paper with a pencil.  Then one after another they raised the hands.  But there was one strange boy who was still working on his paper.  The teacher wondered what the boy was doing.  He stood by the desk of the boy with a little surprise.  Finally when the boy finished his drawing, the teacher stood before the blackboard, saying, "He drew a circle this way," and he picked up a chalk and drew one circle on the blackboard.

It was a black circle surrounded by an area filled in white with the white chalk, though it was a white circle surrounded by an area filled in black on the sheet of paper with a pencil by the boy.

The teacher started to think about what the white circle surrounded by the black area the boy drew meant.  He continued to think it for 60 years.  Then the ex-teacher realized something.

The old Japanese philosopher explained that a black circle drawn on a sheet of paper with a pencil is a shape of abstraction.  But a white circle surrounded by a black area marked out with a pencil is a shape of pure reality.

So, the Japanese philosopher concluded that though Japan made a crazy war against the US in WWII, there were always excellent persons in Japan, including the strange teacher and the school boy.

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Joh 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
Joh 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.