Delving into the Intangibles

   Year of the Monkey  

Mizaru, kikazaru, iwazaru is the Japanese for “See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil,” making a pun on zaru, which means both “no” and “monkey.” The saying expresses, in the shape of three monkeys, an old rule for living wisely, without unnecessarily getting into trouble.

New Year’s Day sets the key for the year. So, at the beginning of The Year of the Monkey, don’t you agree it’s not a bad idea to remember this old piece of wisdom and try to pursue daily life accordingly? Some may disagree, however, saying, “We live in democracy and are entitled to have our say, loud and clear.” But if you are a wise person, you will readily understand that the “wise monkey” philosophy goes much deeper than this.

A newborn baby cannot truly see, hear, or speak. But as the ego develops, the child will begin to see, hear, and say only what he or she wants, as egocentricity takes over the self.

When we grow up, we see, hear, and say things we need not. We should accept this to some degree in the process of developing human relationships, although it is necessary for us to maintain a balance, using the broad hands of the three monkeys.

As you get older, year by year, it is only a matter of time before you realize the importance of the wisdom of “See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil,” having gone thorough many bitter experiences as a result of failing to follow its rule. Practicing the “wise monkey” philosophy involves a certain amount of stress, because it is a kind of ascetic training, forcing you to hold in energy against your will.

When you are able to use the waza (technique) of this mental judo with colleagues at work, parents, children, husband, wife, and friends, you will have matured and have earned a “black belt.” You will have stepped into a higher grade from last year. Right now you are being initiated into the mysteries of Intangible Power.

Don’t you already feel more relaxed? No need to consume unnecessary energy. You feel yourself friction-free, smooth and light, just like an eco-friendly car. You can realize the extent to which invisible Intangible Power is supporting you.

Let’s do our best to practice the “wise monkey” philosophy and make our life happy and fruitful. But be careful: in trying to catch up with to them, please do not fall from a tree!
May this be a good year for us all.