And it's only hungry, curious people that keep searching for the right questions
Without knowledge or the hunger that uses knowledge to search, then no question can ever be asked. It’s like asking the blind to explain color after being taught about color, then getting upset that they are off in the wrong path to explanation.
Salsa teachers right now explain color to the blind as what they see, yet the blind don’t understand, then they get mad that the blind didn’t take what was given to them to find a path to color!
As a teacher one is to give the blind person something he can relate to and expand his own search to see color. We can’t teach him what we see. We need to teach the blind to live what he will see. How would we do that? We’ve already failed by explaining what our seeing eyes see. If we are wise and know how to use his world and thinking to see color, then we’ll explain cotton for white, fire for red, blue as peace… It is the ability to use current knowledge to become more, that a teacher is to give to his students. Nothing more… Those might very well be God-like attributes. Anyone less than that, should still be a student, this includes some of the top “instructors” in salsa.
Teach a student to how to build, even find the search, and more so find them-selves… We are all in search in one way or another, at this time salsa but we haven’t found it because our teachers themselves are lost in an ocean of technique, which leads them to teach the wrong tools for the path we haven’t even discovered as present...
The role of a teacher is not to limit, but to aid in the search, to expand it. To help see the things one can not question without prior knowledge, to give one the boost one needs to get over speed bumps. The opening of doors that the net, books, nor friends could have yielded. Could have Plato being Plato without Socrates? There aren't many Socrates; some of us indeed need to be Plato...
It will never be the search in a person that I question, rather when a teacher is present yet is unable to aid a person to freely think, and instead teaches more limits. To take the responsibility of being a teacher of another person, yet filled them with empty searches, dead ends, should be a sin. We would not know of Plato if it wasn't for Socrates. While we would still know of Socrates from the thinking he caused in his peers.
Don’t not see my words as a fight against a person’s needs to search, that is a given, rather, why an instructor fails to prepare a student with the necessary means to open up new doorways to aid a students search. And why after a student has been to salsa class he doesn’t know of Salsa, yet we blamed for not dancing, or knowing about it. Worse, blame a person whose search has been away from salsa, for not dancing Salsa nor knowing of Salsa.
You are lucky Africana that you have the ability to see a path and follow it. However, remember that trigger (Plato) isn’t source (Socrates).
Even while I use a self approach as my instructor, which I believe your point to be, I do not deny that many of us need a Socrates to point us in the right direction, rather than a buffoon to point us to Egypt when we are in search of Cuba. Then, I fight the so called teachers.