nimi pi ijo wawa li pakala e wawa pi ijo ni.
Strong words destroy the strength of the object. — Toki Ponist Pu
These are the words as recovered from the awoken well:
ona li toki e ni: toki pona li kepeken nimi mute ala tan seme?
jan Sipi li awen.
jan Potuka li toki e ni:
nimi “floccinaeguccinihilipilifjication” li nimi seme kepeken toki pona?
jan Sipi li lukin lon sewi.
ona li toki e ni: mi toki e ni: o lukin!
jan Potuka li toki e ni: tan seme?
waso mute li jaki lon lawa pi jan Potuka.
Here follows a relaxed translation:
Boldugard von Oldfreude-Languizano IV kisses Tipi on the nose. She asks: “Why does toki pona have so few words?” Tipi shrugs. Boldugard continues: “Like, you know. How would you say floccinaeguccinihilipilifjication in toki pona?” Tipi looks up. Then he says: “I would say: watch-out!” Boldugard asks: “Why?” Three birds poop on Boldugards head.
Words are like images in that they can convey the meaning of a thousand other words. Words don’t have an isolated meaning, even if a dictionary definition seems to counter that statement. Because those definitions use words that need their own definition. In addition, a word has a slightly different word embedding in each of our brains.
Whereas an equation can summarize an entire theory in a concise way, a word summarizing a powerful concept acts more like a seed for tagging on shadows and lost luggage sucking the power out of the original source. Conversely, the piling of magic mushroom and energy drink hot air onto a word seed can blow up the power of a word in a direction that is unbefitting of the original source.
Note that when a clever quote inspires you, you may be missing the point entirely.
Read a newer koan (It is senseless to ask what you are.)
Read an older koan (You don't move yourself. The air moves you.)