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.
Until a man clearly sees that change is necessary, he will not change. His first step is also his last step—to see himself as he is. In the seeing is the doing.
I cannot know who I am until I’m clear about who I’m not. So I start with this: I am not the body. Then this: I am not who I think I am.
Can a man change his character? Yes, provided he sees himself as he is and can feel in his paper flesh the sting of a cauterizing remorse.
When we look at something without the filter of mental commentary, we see.