Jesus favoured simple men because simplicity looks straight at you. There’s not a lot of unlearning to be done. A baker seeking an apprentice said, “Give me a kid who doesn’t know anything.”
Discipline has nothing to do with subjugation, suppression or standing at attention. It does not mean replacing one pattern of behaviour with another. It means “to learn.”
We must be completely free in order to learn. Freedom begins with the realization of how trapped we are.
The least free are the most conventional.
Disciple to Jesus: “Your mother is here.”
Jesus to disciple: “Who is my mother?”
In Zen, a koan takes a student to the precipice of a “great doubt.” From this tenuous place, he sees that while logic is not wrong, it has its limits.