Episode 76: Hobgoblins Behind Walls

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“A mind which says, “I have taken a vow to be something and I am going to be that for the rest of my life” is called consistent; but it is really a most stupid mind, because it has come to a conclusion and it is living according to that conclusion. It is like a man building a wall around himself and letting life go by.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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Hobgoblins Behind Walls

“A mind which says, “I have taken a vow to be something and I am going to be that for the rest of my life” is called consistent; but it is really a most stupid mind, because it has come to a conclusion and it is living according to that conclusion. It is like a man building a wall around himself and letting life go by.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

Wow. I think Krishnamurti and Emerson must’ve been separated at birth on this one.

Emerson says: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. - ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ -- Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

So, let’s not be a little hobgoblin building walls around ourselves and staring at our shadows, OK? Thanks. :)

Seriously. Are you locked in a position? Did you *really* strongly believe something yesterday and now find yourself feeling its opposite today?

GREAT! As Rumi says, “God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”

Laugh. Roll with it. Quit taking yourself quite so seriously. Be fluid. Tear down the walls. Express yourself. Live.