The man who blames his past for his present has found decent accommodation for a low price. He isn’t going anywhere.
As near as I can tell, we don’t need them. A ritual is the imposition of the past upon the present. We pacify ourselves by doing today what we did yesterday.
Habits are rituals. OCD is ritualism run amok.
Let us be resolute in our commitment to the present moment. And why, as a practical matter, should it be elsewhere? Life is not in the future, neither is it in the past.
Hope is not an antidote to fear but rather an aspect of fear. Hope and fear are two ends of the same pencil.
“Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”
Lot’s wife looked back at her old life and was immediately turned into a lifeless pillar of desert salt. It was too bad, what happened to her, but she couldn’t help herself. She was nostalgic.
What was her name, Lot’s wife? No one remembers.