The human way: more and more. The spiritual way: less and less.
The good life is a soul-satisfying series of divestments. Only someone with a horror of accumulation can understand why this would be so.
The Prophet taught, “Die before you die.” We are thereby enjoined to initiate a process of conscious subtraction. We can start with our opinions. They’re worthless anyway.
I acquired a beautiful shirt the other day. Dove grey. I hung it in the closet but then something strange happened. The shirt said it wouldn’t be happy until I removed two others.
One of Michael Pollan’s primary sources for his book on psychedelic therapy was a scientist who, Pollan observed, “chose his words with a tweezer.” Lao Tzu would have approved. More words count less.