"The sage accompanies and welcomes all that happens, both that which is arising and that which is dying…This is why his joy is unconditional"
— Fung Yu Lan
"The arrogant ego can be our way of disavowing our vulnerability to the conditions of existence: things change, nothing lasts, things are not always fair, pain is part of life, we are alone. Such harsh conditions are the shadow side of our human existence but not evil in themselves. The conditions of existence can engender healthy humility. This happens best with a beginner’s mind that is no longer in the grip of a frightened or demanding ego. Humility comes from the word humus . To be rooted in earth’s conditions with an unconditional yes is humility. It is not to perceive ourselves as beneath all things but to be conscious of our place within all things. In that sense it is simply a devotion the the truth about us and our floating world."
— David Richo - Shadow Dance
"And then what about the society you’re supposed to be adjusted to? Is it a mad society or a sane one?"
— Aldous Huxley - Island