He was a child prodigy, a mathematical genius and one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived. A frail reed, he died slowly, painfully, at 39. Today, when everyone walks around with a cellphone, he is chiefly remembered for this: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” That is, in a self-selected state of drastic under-stimulation.
Instead of doing one thing we love, we do many things we like.
If I am full of fear, I do not know myself. Not knowing myself, I become identified with my body, focussed on how to protect it, pleasure it and prolong its existence. So deep is my ignorance that I don’t even know I’m afraid.
Most men have never heard this: “You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” As a result, for better once in a while but mostly for worse, men in groups.
Thrusters love the chase, the seduction, the culminating consummation. What happens after that represents their best opportunity for self-knowing.