More suffering is caused by men who take offence than give offence. The quicker we take offence, the more resistance we have. Jesus’ Zen-like teaching on this dukes the mind: Resist not evil.
Soul cannot be summoned to manage a crisis. Soul is the crisis. Hells bells, it’s an earthquake, a precipitating principle, the reason why obtuseness and immoderacy self-destruct.
We don’t ponder a flute to penetrate the beauty of a note. Likewise, the genius of men (Einstein, Picasso, van Gogh, Edison, et al) ought not to be confused with the men themselves.
Co-dependence is a useful term. It means: What we cling to, we suffer from. Hold on to nothing.
As the historical record confirms, enlightenment is not a reward for good behaviour.
“Spiritually speaking,” Carlos Santana said, “we don’t fuck around.”