[The following is taken from the lost testament of the Terlingua Naz.]
Live and let live.
It’s going to be tough as fuck any other way.
If you have a critical mind, you’re in for a tough life. Especially in Terlingua. There’s chaos and disorder everywhere… if you try and tame that chaos and disorder in other people’s lives, you’ve got a hard road ahead.
Live and let live. If someone’s extreme enough to move to Terlingua, you ain’t gonna change them. Even if you could change them, how do you know it will be best for them? Even if it is best for them, do you want the eternal responsibility that arises from changing someone? Even if you do accept the responsibility for the changes that they’ve made, how can you guarantee you’ll be there to help them in the future?
So many of the most talented people in Terlingua are fuck-ups, drunks, dopers, sickos or worse. Any attempt to help them is doomed to failure; they are walking their own path. No one can walk that path for you; we can only provide sympathy and encouragement.
If a guy is homeless because he’s a drunk, the worst possible thing you can do for him is invite to crash with you. He’s already at a stasis point (life is just a succession of stasis points) and “Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.”– George Sand
Let his drunk ass sleep on the street. If you’re really committed to changing things, build a homeless shelter. At least then you can leave your work behind you at the end of the day.
The Buddha Guatama teaches us COMPASSION AND DETACHMENT. If you are not enlightened, those seem like polar opposites. THEY’RE NOT. Suffering and pain are eternal; we cannot eradicate them. We must be emotionally detached from individual instances of pain and suffering. HOWEVER, we must practice universal compassion; all of the people we meet deserve our detached compassion.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.– Aldous Huxley
LIVE AND LET LIVE
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