quote of the intermittent time period: thomas merton

“The whole teaching, the “way” … is characteristic of a certain mentality found everywhere in the world, a certain taste for simplicity, for humility, self-effacement, silence, and in general a refusal to take seriously the aggressivity, the ambition, the push, and the self-importance which one must display in order to get along in society. This other is a “way” that prefers not to get anywhere in the world, or even in the field of some supposedly spiritual attainment … You enter upon this kind of way when you leave all ways and, in some sense, get lost .”

– Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu