When Jesus talked about destroying the Temple, he was talking about the culture that would soon convene to kill him. In those days, the Temple was the culture. Neither before nor since has Judaism been lived out so perfectly, with such fidelity to the law. We, too, are creatures of a culture. To be a creature of the culture is, first of all, to be comfortable.
There are two ways I can go: I can please myself or I can please other people. The most difficult path is the first one. This is “the narrow way” Jesus spoke about.
The prison of personality chokes off love by first inhibiting and finally denying spontaneity. Perfect behaviour is spontaneous behaviour. Love doesn’t calculate. It cares nothing for results. Love’s reward is the action itself.
Humble describes a man who doesn’t have any ideas about himself. In this respect, he’s like a child. Children don’t say “I’m this” or “I’m that.” They just are. Undefined, unconditioned and free.
When we die, we cease to identify ourselves with a body. We die before we die when we realize we are not the body. Then we are nobodies, the walking dead, absolutely fearless, radically normal.