ni li ken ala: nanpa li sewi.
nanpa li tu e nanpa ante la ni pali e nasin pi nanpa mute.
Numbers can not be sacred or holy. Ratio of numbers pave the road of information and patterns. — Toki Ponist Pu
These are the words as recovered from the awoken well:
one li toki e ni tawa jan Sipi: suno li tawa wawa seme?
jan Sipi li toki e ni: ken la, suno li tawa wawa mute.
jan Pisika li pilin ike li toki e ni:
nanpa pi tawa wawa li seme kin?
Here follows a relaxed translation:
Pisika looks at the lightning in a storm. He asks Tipi: “How fast is the speed of light?” Tipi answers: “Could be very fast?” Pisika is angry. “You are a guru and you don’t know? What is the speed exactly?” Tipi answers: “It is one.” Pisika asks: “One? One what?” Tipi answers: “One way to call you slow.”
Numbers are fascinating. Sometimes they become so captivating, though, when more is attributed than what makes sense. Because numbers are unitless you can tag on meaning. In addition, because numbers can be found anywhere and anything can be converted to numbers, and numbers themselves can be transformed into other numbers using mathematical operators, it is easy to confuse the numbers with the patterns they represent.
A pattern is an abstract version of pieces of information. If we use numbers to find similar patterns, this may be very informative. But at the same time we can easily be deluded to worship certain numbers for their magical powers. The information is not in the number itself but the patterns or ratios of these numbers.
Read a newer koan (Depression is not in your head, but a problem of and within society.)
Read an older koan (A key is more interesting when you do not know what it opens.)