The deepest desire within each of usis to be liberated from the controlling influences
of our own psychic madness or patterns of fear.
All other things—the disdain of ordinary life,
the need to control others
rather than be controlled,
the craving for material goods
as a means of security and protection
against the winds of chaos—are external props
that serve as substitutes for the real battle,
which is the one waged within the individual soul.