This instruction rewards close study: “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.”
Loyalty is not a virtue—unless omerta is, unless conformity, accommodation and codes of conduct are, unless the virtues are strategic, personal and exclusionary. Make no vows, Jesus said, speaking to the deaf.
If I fear death, I fear change. Men die as they live.
There is the Self—serene, untroubled, wise. And then there is the pseudo-self—insecure, insufficient, resentful, confused. Counselling to facilitate the repair and maintenance of the pseudo-self is really a game of Whack-A-Mole.
Inner peace is not an achievement, the result of a process. It is the recognition NOW that fear is a falsehood, a hypnotic induction, a trick of the mind.
“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.”