Laura said:Mastering ourselves within the reality means being a good obyvatel, at one level, and doing what I call "paying rent on life." There is no free lunch in the Universe and if you want a life that is more to your choosing, you have to pay for it. One of the things you pay with is your self-importance, your attitude that you don't suffer fools gladly. Because, indeed, those "fools" are part of this reality - it belongs to them, you could say.
Nature does not need or understand this Work. The aim of the Work is to raise our level Being by conscious labor and voluntary suffering; while the aim of Life is to maintain calm within the prison walls of civilization. Chit-chat pays for our Work with voluntary suffering. Although, the price is not as high as I think. People seem genuinely touched, when a jerk "I" like me, makes effort to engage in their favorite chit-chat, rather than mocking them. I guess the smug “I” was just another prison wall.
Buddy, I just want to express my compassion and gratitude for the voluntary suffering you share on this thread, It isn’t easy to corner those cunning Not “I’s” that take charge and run our lives. Sometimes is takes the whole network to smoke them out.
It is difficult for me to express compassion, Laura. I want to thank you for expressing compassion for those who Work and those who fear to emerge from the world of small talk, in your Christmas chit-chat card. It is a good reminder for myself, that external consideration is the road to compassion.