Understanding of the self only arises in relationship, in watching yourself in relationship to people, ideas, and things; to trees, the earth, and the world around you and within you. Relationship is the mirror in which the self is revealed. Without self knowledge there is no basis for right thought and action.
“Anti-work” is probably the wrong phrase. “Anti-ambition” isn’t right either. Because I think both work and ambition are integral parts of the human experience. I think we all have an innate desire to change, evolve, do more than we’ve already done. We crave novelty even at our most content, and I think that speaks to humanity on a fundamental level: We are creatures of the natural world, where stasis is antithetical to life itself. But so often our modern ambitions are commercially driven—more currency, more recognition, more productivity—and thus don’t address what we might think of as our instinctual or intuitive needs. The result is a kind of striving that is externally motivated, often exploited, and untethered to our experience of genuine wholeness. It’s no surprise it doesn’t hold up when shit gets real. —