each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead
A fortune teller displays her cards in Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco, June 1971.Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
Almost all of the religions and mythologies I’ve studied say a very similar message, one that Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, summarizes in some of his work: Don’t do anything that isn’t play. And what they mean by play is willingly contributing to life. So, don’t do anything to avoid punishment; don’t do anything for rewards; don’t do anything out of guilt, shame, and the vicious concepts of duty and obligation. What you do will be play when you can see how it enriches life. I get that message from my understanding not only of the Buddha, but also from what I have learned about Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. I think it’s a natural language. Do that which contributes to life.
—Practical Spirituality. Reflections on the Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication