Patience

Was it not perhaps more childlike and human to … abandon oneself to the cruel stream of reality, to chaos, to commit sins and accept their bitter consequences rather than live a clean life with washed hands outside the world; laying out a lonely harmonious thoughtgarden, strolling sinlessly among one’s sheltered flower beds. Perhaps it was harder, braver and nobler to wander through forests and along the highways with torn shoes, to suffer sun and rain, hunger and need, to play with the joys of the senses and pay for them with suffering…
— Herman Hesse (Narcissus & Goldmund)

“Better for a race to remain wicked than to be made artificially good through the morbid imposition of external controls.”
Swami Vivakananda

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