“I learned as a young man that there is a special fluidity in non-attachment. Yet the whole of our education and programming brainwashes us into sustaining society. It forces us to remain within its clutch in order to sustain the status quo. It takes effort to push away from that and create the individual – detached and free. Emotionally, we are constantly suckered into having to belong, yet it takes only a little effort of mental agility to begin to feel more secure in not belonging.
Try this the next time you hear two people discussing a problem: let us say that one is asking the other the way to the bus station. Don’t but in even if you know the answer. Use the situation to train yourself to stay uninvolved. Now, if one of the two asks you, “Where’s the bus station?” tell him. But if they don’t ask, say nothing. What you are trying to learn is to become as little attached to events as possible. You are learning to stand to one side of the common reality. In becoming the silent observer you gain a Quickening.”
Stuart Wilde, in “The Quickening”
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