When we are the ones who make them, we are the ones who can overcome them.
In general, I resist any pull towards categorization or diagnosis: people are individuals and should be treated as such.
I found myself reflecting on how hard it is just to sit and do nothing. And I mean actually nothing. Not dozing, not reading, not meditating, not listening to music, not going for a drive – actually nothing. Just sitting, alone with our thoughts and feelings.
2. You won’t be the smartest kid in the room anymore.
Taking a moment to accept it all in allowed me to replace my animosity with gratitude for all the wonderful things that I’ve been given in the past twelve months.
No doubt, such an inclination can lead to a certain anti-intellectualism. Which, I have to say, is not necessarily a bad thing per se.
For example, how do we reconcile “just sit” (e.g. Zen) with “stagnation is death”? How can we see that “honesty is the best policy” and “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”?
Nietzsche tells us that the greatest question of philosophy is nutrition: What do you eat? What makes you the healthiest, feeling the best? What do you most desire in your mouth, in your belly?
Acting without feeling inspired is us saying what we naturally know, feel and think, and this is vulnerability. When we believe that we must be inspired by an idea to create something of it, it is a mechanism to avoid placing ourselves bare into something that other people can judge.
If there were no men, there would be no women. If there was no such thing as a liberal, a conservative would not need a label to distinguish himself. Difference does not imply separation, nor does it necessitate contradiction.