Lõike Daniel Quinni raamatust "Ishmael" ja järgedest
As I pointed outin Ishmael, we Takers are a desperately lost and needy people. It was this neediness, I think, that first made us yearn to be loved by God (an idea completely foreign to the animist mentality) and that made us dream of eternities of bliss after lifetimes of emptiness. If anything, our sense of neediness has grown even more overwhelming in recent decades. In addition to needing to be loved by God and to save our souls, we nowadays need to deepen our spiritual awareness, to raise our consciousness, to wield supernatural powers, to bend spoons with our minds, to grow our brains, to enhance our performance, to draw on the right side, to believe in the value of our creativity, to become more cosmic, to learn to fly, to investigate past lives, to have out-of-body experiences, to achieve lucid dreaming, to learn healing massage, to amplify our archetypes, to make our fantasies concrete, to explore our myths, to get rid of toxic introjects, to find our personal sacred site, to heal our inner child, to improve our experiential focusing, to be
rebirthed, to take part in intrapsychic activities, to have a primal, to engage in cognitive restructuring, to indulge in cosmic play, to tune in to the godhead, to spend time on the astral plane, to have an intuition workout, to enhance our ch'i, to contact our spirit guide, to tap into the hypnagogic state, to increase our thanatological awareness, to have a soul reading, to visit a sacred
energy vortex--and this hardly scratches the surface. Don't think I'm making fun of these things just because I put them into a list; to the people who engage in them, these are all as real and important as achieving nirvana or saving one's soul.
If nothing else, I hope you'll carry this idea away with you: Attend to your needs, but don't confuse attending to your needs with saving the world.
There was a time when I thought I could say to people: "Forget yourselves for a while, because the world is in dire need of your attention. For a while stop looking for ways to enhance your inner life and start looking instead for ways to ensure that--twenty years from now, fifty years from now--our children and grandchildren will have a decent world to grow up in." I'll still say it, but
now I say it knowing that this is too much to ask of most people.
It doesn't matter, I'll ask it of a few.
I hope the things I've given you here will enrich you as a person, but I hope you see that I haven't given them to you solely for your personal enrichment.
Following the deer into the forest was an immensely enriching experience for me, but I wasn't called to it so that I could be enriched. The beetle didn't say, "What you need is there." What the beetle said was: "You're needed there."
You, too, are needed there. ... I mean you who will someday read these words. On this I don't hesitate to ask you to believe.
Believe me, you're needed there.