Personal and Impersonal

The impersonal is the rational road of thought that skirts the usual  cerebral swamp and keeps to firm dry land.

We habitually seek fulfillment in the personal, our individuality battling against everyone else’s but it’s a struggle that we can never ultimately win. We may find that on the contrary it’s the impersonal that has real lasting strength, a strange and unexpected invulnerability, not through defense but through a permeability of spirit that lets thoughts pass through and away without friction, leaving nothing to be defended.

Ironically it’s the lack of individual striving – which doesn’t mean complete passivity – that is an effective if indirect force for individual achievement and contentment.

Striving for achievement is in reality counter-productive; in seeking lauded outcome as a consequence of our actions our thinking too becomes mechanistic. The very search for distinction is mediocrity itself.

The self constantly urges us to seek the special, the unique possession or memory we can hold as defense against the boredom of the everyday. Sensibility is degraded by this search and paradoxically it debases our value as independent creative beings.

The ordinary is our greatest asset; it alone can form the level unbiased base for free inquiry and perception. Those whose natural home is the commonplace may stumble upon a differentiation that those who think themselves special can never know.

Insight as art and science