I first heard this quote back in the 90’s. I saw it on the web recently and I like it enough to make it a quote of the day:
“Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.”
– Ramana Maharshi
The context that I originally heard this quote in was that it is much more rational to learn how to handle yourself psychologically then to demand that that reality change to suit you. Reality tends to change slowly. You can’t change anything until you learn to accept it and truly know what it is.
Much better to have a pair of shoes psychologically, then to try to carpet the world.
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