The judgements of young boys, as Emerson noted, are swift, confident, and summary. Eventually, they become more equivocal, less certain. Their eyes flicker. They begin to speak from the calculator in the head.
There are two kinds of loyalty—wise and, well, otherwise. Wise loyalty is a connectedness to one’s deepest essence, to the inner I AM. “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
We cannot help anyone. The most we can do is create a condition whereby someone is enabled to help himself.
Right action relieves suffering; wrong action intensifies it.
The only devil is dependency.
For as long as we thrive on competition, we thrive on violence.
What did school teach me? How to fear failure. How to conform.
Education is derived from the word for “drawing out.”
We resent those on whom we depend. Those on whom we depend resent being resented. Psychology calls this unfortunate arrangement “co-dependency.”
It’s actually a useful term. People understand it.