September 17, 2015

Kay Larson on Suffering

Thought of the Day:

“Suffering builds character and impels you to penetrate life’s secrets. It’s the path of great artists, great religious leaders, great social reformers. The problem is not suffering per se, but rather our identification with our own ego: our divided, dualistic, cramped view of things. ‘We are too ego-centered,’ Suzuki tells Cage.’ The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow. We seem to carry it all the time from childhood up to the time we finally pass away.”

— Kay Larson, Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists

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