The world is more noise-polluted than it’s ever been. Likewise, the racket in our heads. The average person thinks 60,000 thoughts per day. These thoughts are mostly negative. They are also, by one estimate, 97 percent repetitive. This is the cause of tremendous suffering; And all of it is completely unnecessary. The mind wants you to feel badly about this. Don’t. No one does this on purpose. Clarity is charity.
To love my neighbour as myself, I must recognize myself in my neighbour. Charity is clarity.
An innocent man is undeceived and unafraid. He sees things as they are.
We measure self-righteousness by the strength of our opinions. We aren’t born with opinions; neither do we die with them. Rare is he who sees quietly—who sees what he sees without forming an opinion about it. Clarity is charity.
With a bad man, redemption is possible. With a stupid man, nothing avails. Here, though, is where it gets interesting. Clarity and charity have the same agency. Thus, the man who knows he’s stupid is not stupid.