#AusPol Koan 75
Malcolm threw a New Year’s Eve party for all his followers at the temple. Malcolm was worried about the attending the party because some of his least favourite followers would be there, including Peter.
Malcolm walked into the party like he was walking on a yacht, his hat strategically dipped below one eye. Malcolm accessorised the hat with a Hermés scarf, coloured apricot. With one eye in the mirror, Malcolm watched himself gavotte. All Malcolm’s followers dreamed they would be his most senior assistant, his most senior assistant.
Peter, who didn’t particularly care for Malcolm’s sartorial or political decisions and didn’t want to be Malcolm’s senior assistant, confronted Malcolm. Peter taunted him:
“You’re so vain. You probably think this koan is about you.
You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this koan is about you. Don’t you?
Malcolm replied, “It is the silence between the notes that makes the music; it is the space between the bars that cages the tiger.”
With these words Peter became confused and resolved to lock up more foreigners in his tropical gulags.