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.”
Fear plays this little trick—it dresses itself up to look like what it isn’t. Parsimony. Protection. Prudence. Planning. Precaution.
Worry—that’s not fear, is it? Just looking at things from every possible angle, right?
If we could see worry for what it is, we would never worry again.