I think what I was after was a unifying story that could bring everything together, that could give me a sense of the whole of history.
Man’s true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.
The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
Everything in nature has its own intrinsic charm, as the work of its Creator’s hand; but the chief beauty of the whole lies in its suggested relations to humanity. Things announce and wait for persons. The house would not have been thus beautifully built and furnished, except for an expected tenant.
Thus they have an idol that they petition for victory in war; another for success in their labors; and so for everything in which they seek or desire prosperity, they have their idols, which they honor and serve.
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There’s no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected.
Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world.
Everything is perfect and there is always room for improvement.
But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.