NCR: Words of Wisdom > James Baldwin
Sima and I often speak of our mutual intent to be as “awake” as possible. This applies to spiritual pursuits as well as to seeing ourselves and the world in the clearest of lights. These things are not mutually exclusive. I have lived a life of ease, with a horseshoe up my ass and my struggles have rarely been of the survival variety, so getting real takes vigilance and effort. Admittedly, I have failed, continue to fail and will fail in the future. At the end of it all I hope I can say that I lived seeking the truth rather than hightailing it toward the short term coziness of delusion and comfort. To stay tender in the midst of the discomfort of recognizing some of the harsh realities of humanity is an important part of this journey. I can say with certainty though that the beauty is greater the more honestly I can see reality. And so is the pain.