Nin knew how much humans loved money, riches, and material things-though he never really could understand why. The more technologically advanced the human species got, the more isolated they seemed to become, at the same time. It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.
Have you noticed how dogs sniff at one another when they meet? It seems to be their nature.
– Yes; it’s a funny habit.
– No, it’s not funny; you are wrong there. There’s nothing funny in nature, however funny it may seem to man. If dogs could reason and criticize us they’d be sure to find just as much that would be funny to them, if not far more, in the social relations of men, their masters -far more, I think. I am more convinced that there is far more foolishness among us.
You cannot impose a culture from the top–it must come from under. It grows out of the soil, out of the people, out of their daily life and work. It is a spontaneous expression of their joy of life, of their joy in work, and if this does not exist, the culture will not exist. Joy is a spiritual quality, an impalpable quality: that too cannot be forced. It must be an inevitable state of mind, born of the elementary processes of life, a by-product of natural human growth.
The success of any society must be judged by the life of its worst off. No other calculation will do.
If knowledge is lacking, your destruction is inevitable.
Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary.
the centre is missing, but we cannot stop searching for it or positing it. It is not that there is nothing there – it is that what is there is not capable of exercising responsibility
Power and profit structures’re out of cahoots with current technology. Aware of new inventions, corporations put them aside, waiting for competitive reasons until they’re obliged to use new gimmicks.
It is the beginning of wisdom when you recognize that the best you can do is choose which rules you want to live by, and it’s persistent and aggravated imbecility to pretend you can live without any.
It is wonderful to live together as brothers and sisters.