Contrary to cultural imperatives, our life task is not to get educated, make money, have kids and die discreetly. It is to find ourselves within ourselves. Non-stop doing is a morbid state. Gentlemen, turn off your engines.
When we are doing what we are meant to do, we release into the world some aspect of our deepest self. To be educated is to be “drawn out.” We are wells, straight up and down, molecular encasements for what Jesus called “living water.”
Sufis tell us to die before we die, to live like we’re already dead.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were somewhere we could go to learn how to live? But there isn’t.
Sex is friction.
For as long as we thrive on competition, we thrive on violence.
What did school teach me? How to fear failure. How to conform.
Education is derived from the word for “drawing out.”