Nowadays, we learn so much of our environments but little of ourselves – an unfortunate paradigm of this modern era [a paradigm I too was caught up in]

As a consequence, we lose that link between self and world and our own cultivation at that. That cultivation, self and world – a phenomenon which becomes known as culture

[I, a thief? Good. I like it when such things happen – ah, the feeling of strength and growth; growth to come, strength to result, strength of now to bear]