Here we go… This is either going to be the first of many blog posts, or its going to be my first and last. I’ve tried to start a blog numerous times, and I just get bored of it after a while or don’t know what to write or whatever… So, we’ll see if this sticks.
I was reading Herman Hesse’s book Siddhartha, and I really liked what the main character had to say about his strengths. I’ll put a little bit of the book here, so you can see what I mean…
Asks Kamaswami: …What is it that you’ve learned, what you’re able to do?
Siddhartha: I can think. I can wait. I can fast.
Kamaswami: That’s everything?
Siddhartha: I believe, that’s everything!
Kamaswami: And what’s the use of that? For example, the fasting–what is it good for?
Siddhartha: It is very good sir. When a person has nothing to eat, fasting is the smartest thing he could do. When, for example, Siddhartha hadn’t learned to fast, he would have to accept any kind of service before this day is up, whether it may be with you or wherever, because hunger would force him to do so. But like this, Siddhartha can wait calmly, he knows no impatience, he knows no emergency, for a long time he can allow hunger to besiege him and can laugh about it. This, sir is what fasting is good for.
And later, Siddhartha: Writing is good, thinking is better. Being smart is good, being patient is better.