He was a child prodigy, a mathematical genius and one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived. A frail reed, he died slowly, painfully, at 39. Today, when everyone walks around with a cellphone, he is chiefly remembered for this: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” That is, in a self-selected state of drastic under-stimulation.
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Safety in numbers
Overheard: “Family is everything.” “My children are my proudest achievement.” “He died surrounded by family.” Culture is groupthink. Its aim is to create a fear of being alone. To alienate us from ourselves.
Broken and beautiful
A year before he died, Johnny Cash recorded a version of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt.” I listened to this song yesterday. Twice. It brought me closer to tears than I’ve been in a dry while.
The inner journey
If the path you’re on is well marked, fully serviced, highly recommended and made pleasant by the presence of other sojourners, you’re on the wrong path. Krishnamurti: “The Truth is a pathless land.”
The way home
The way home is hard, narrow and treacherous; there are switchbacks, loose rock and steep inclines. “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself.”