the picture waits for my verdict: it is not to command me, but iAM to settle its claims to praise. that popular fable of the sot who was picked up dead drunk in the street, carried to the duke’s house, washed and dressed and laid in the duke’s bed, and, on his waking, treated with all obsequious ceremony like the duke, and assured that he had been insane, owes its popularity to the fact that it symbolizes so well the state of man, who is in the world a sort of sot, but now and then wakes up, exercises his reason, and finds himself a true prince.
at least if for nothing else the divine scholar’s chamber gives him the opportunity to look daily into his conduct, to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in him. as you understand yourself, you understand the whole of man, his fears, his anxieties, his hopes and dreams. regular meditation, say about 15 minutes a day in the morning can be fruitful in this regard. as well as taking walks daily to exercise the limbs. you may find it difficult at first to pinpoint the negative features in your life but by the 10th attempt you may yield rich rewards. never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.
schooling does not teach us experience. knowledge is knowledge but knowledge with action is power. schooling to me appears to be a process by which one accepts another’s opinion without verifying it through experience. there is not much to do in life but to give ourselves to learning. it is a most selfish endeavour to pursue education for providing for one’s household. whatever we do all men should be able to do. the best occupations are those which create equality among all men. nature hates monopolies. whoever seeks to enrich himself will never be rich. the waves of the sea most readily seek a level position.