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In my opinion

Opinions are hazardous. Where opinions are, conflict also is. It is best not to engage with an opinion but rather to slightly turn one’s back on it.

Opinions are not facts. Facts are quiet. That two plus two equals four is a fact. Its factuality is not elevated by shouting it or by putting it on a flag and waving it.

Facts are necessary. Opinions are hats on rats.

As a mental object, an opinion is not a problem. Identification with the object is what creates the problem.

Emperor-itis

A stream of judgements, according to which the world is divided into Like and Don’t Like, constitutes virtually all of our thought content. To stop thinking, stop judging. The death of judgement is the birth of contentment.

The origin of suffering

When what I want is at the centre of the picture—when I am selfish—I suffer.

Common to most mental disorders is an excess of I-ness, of self-concern.

Selfishness is a wasting disease. It eats its host.

I am what I think about.

Best practice

The meaning of work lies not in some hoped-for result or reward but in the work itself.

Work has no purpose. It’s not for me or for you or for anything. It’s for itself.

Our best work happens when it’s not a means to something else.