Therefore, this idea that living an ordered life consists in controlling yourself is doing nothing but creating a conflict and a disturbance inside yourself.

Imagine what it would be like if you had to control the movement of your right hand with your left hand. If I want to pick up a cigar with my right hand, my left hand would come over and grab it and direct it to the object, close the fingers around it, and carry it to my mouth. Wouldn’t that be absurd?

But that is what we are doing all the time when we divide ourselves into two parts, the spiritual and the material, the angelic and the animal, and the rational and irrational. We are constantly holding clubs over ourselves.

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