“Who is a sage? What is an enlightened person? Are they people who are known and respected by many? Or are they the ones who hide their knowledge and wisdom and appear like ordinary persons? Lieh Tzu thinks that enlightened people are those who speak rarely and do not reveal their abilities and accomplishments casually” (Lieh-Tzu: A Taoist Guide to Practical Living by Eva Wong, p.104).
Lieh Tzu is Wrong
Is Lieh Tzu wrong? How can a Taoist sage be wrong? Easily. Like everyone else. Aren’t all people including sages that follow the Tao unique and unpredictable? Then how can all sages be “the ones who hide their knowledge and wisdom?” Let the sages breathe. Break them out of their box. Some sages may be called to share their knowledge and some may not. What if the Tao calls you to share your knowledge whether you’re a sage or not a sage?
Share Your Knowledge
If the Tao nudges you to share your knowledge, do it. However, make sure it is your knowledge. Make sure it is not just a regurgitation of other people’s opinions. If you’re a trader, there are a lot of different opinions in the collective trading databank. Arbitrarily sharing collective trading opinions that are merely theoretical could possibly harm other traders. Make sure your knowledge is forged on the anvil of experience and resonates with the Tao.
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