It defies reality that anyone would consider themselves important, but that’s how the mind skews. When self-importance goes whack-a-mole, hammer it. I am not important. You are not important. No one is important.
Modern culture is primarily interested in producing men who are technically adept. In ancient Taoist practice, young men underwent extremely rigorous spiritual training. This included spending up to two months in pure darkness.
Let’s imagine that in the blink of an eye our history blinks out, disappears, and suddenly we see everything as everything is, rather than having to peer through the obscurantic veil of memory.
Here’s something I’ve never heard a man say: “I feel like I need to think more.” Men know the lure of less. They’re generally aware that much of what goes on upstairs is nuttier than a squirrel’s diaper.
Stopping on the outside—well, that’s one thing. Stopping on the inside is another thing.
Man’s chief problem is that he thinks involuntarily. He does not choose to think. He is being thought.