Every cultural bromide eventually succumbs to its own fatuity. Now on deathwatch: ‘thoughts and prayers’. If intercessory prayer had any efficacy at all, would there not by now be some evidence for it?
Dude, I can’t say I’m not religious. I might as well say I don’t have blue eyes. Or any connective tissue. Stay with me for a second: the Latin re-ligio means to reconnect.
Courage comes from the Latin for heart. It’s the essence of a man who sees himself as he is and the world as it is. Not seeing, he succumbs to bullets and beliefs.
The desire to know oneself bespeaks a direct connection to the universal intelligence. Men who desire to know themselves begin to feel alienated from tribal, religious and political concerns. They lose their opinions.
Men who believe, as beggars do, that their good comes from outside themselves, devolve into obsequy and people pleasing. Speaking from somewhere north of pity, the magnum-souled Gurdjieff called these unfortunates “ass lickers.”