When you choose to look down on something, you render yourself incapable of understanding it.
And then I notice the music flooding out of every part of the apartment at once – the couch, the walls, even the floor – and I know Bennies alone in Lou’s studio, pouring music down around us. A minute ago it was “Don’t Let Me Down
All hate is hurt, all compassion is understanding
But in the meantime, you must be content, I say, to be misunderstood for a while. We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary.”
“What is that, grandmother?”
“To understand other people.
Your judgments about another person say more about your own character than the character of the person you’re pointing a finger at.
We must resist in-group thinking and practice seeing every soul as a brother or sister in a larger grouping of humans on earth.
The moment when you realize no one understands, no one ever did, no one ever will.
You were alone, you always will be.
But may be, just may be, someone will look up to you someday. And when they do, remember to hide those tearful eyes, to smile and to say – “look, life’s so good.
One very beautiful virtue one can master is to learn to ignore; to ignore perceived and intended slights no matter how infuriating they might feel.
Not to ignore in anger, rather, to ignore with understanding. However, to keep account for future purposes, to ignore with adept skill and less hurt.
Life just becomes easier and more beautiful.
Acting on our interests refines our understanding of what we are good at and what we value. The experiences we have along the way sometimes introduce us to new values that enhance and enlarge our vision. The lessons we learn through habits of action test our understanding and teach us to identify what matters in our life.
though aging reduces speed, it increases experience and understanding