The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
Wars based on principle are far more destructive… the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.
The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.
Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.
So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.
No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it’s a drag? But you see, that’s what people do.