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On Wisdom: Principles: ecstasy

1. Ecstasy is the lightning that flashes whenever we get sufficiently close to being.

2. Like lightning, ecstasy is a flow of energy that cannot be long sustained, is dangerous, and is often accompanied by storms.

3. Again like lightning, however, ecstasy can be harnessed to create a more reliable, albeit feebler flow. The social instruments that harness ecstasy are art, religion, and marriage.

4. Even so, as we approach the nakedness of being, we feel a mingled terror, awe, and pleasure for which there is no substitute. The self falls away, leaving the soul naked before the nakedness of being, longing for fulfillment, for catastrophe, for death.

5. Such ecstasy can become addictive, resulting in obsessive self-destruction, as with those who seek ecstasy in repeated sex with strangers, or in serial love affairs, or in gambling or danger or drugs.

6. Experienced within a discipline, however, whether of meditation, prayer, creation, service, or love, ecstasy is the principal way in which we experience being as pleasure, and is therefore necessary to the attainment of happiness.

7. The pursuit of ecstasy is the surest sign of obsession, just as the enjoyment of ecstasy in everyday life is the surest sign of wisdom.

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1. Experience without death is as unimaginable as experience without time. 2. Death is the sunlight that makes all things visible, the end that measures time, the music that moves us to compassion, the nothingness that brings us peace. 3. Life and death are one gift, as are joy and sorrow. One cannot esteem one without esteeming the other, just as one

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love On Wisdom: Principles: love

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1. Love is the longing of all life for being. 2. Love for others is the longing for the being of others, an emotion without which neither we nor the human species would survive. 3. Love for others motivates altruistic behavior; that is, behavior not in the interest of one's own personal survival. Thus paradoxically one's longing for being