Reflections, insights, etc about yoga, meditation, inner work and self-development.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
"In our society, mainly concerned with production and efficiency, the
drama is that our capacity for questioning, still so vivid in early
childhood, is very quickly eradicated or pushed aside for the benefit of
our capacity for answering. When a child has a real question, most of
the time he is immediately given a stupid answer. In the best cases the
educator goes to the dictionary to be sure his answer is accurate. But
anyhow unconsciously, if not proudly, he closes the question. From
school to the end of our life it is always necessary to answer. We are
compelled to learn how to answer. If we don't know how to answer, we are
just no good. So little by little we become some kind of model machine
able-to-answer-to-all-situations with all the necessary blindness as
regards its own contradictions. That kind of answering, whose degree of
sophistication may sometimes hide from us its conditioned character, is
required by our life. But under its dominating necessity, is it possible
to keep alive in ourselves our most authentic and precious capacity,
which is questioning?"
from "Man's Ever New and Eternal Challenge,"
Dr. Michel de Salzmann's chapter in On the Way to Self Knowledge,
Jacob Needleman and Dennis Lewis, editors, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1976.