Tints of Celestial Beauty

“I prefer by far the warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness. Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.”  ~Anaïs Nin, The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1920-1923

There are certain people I seldom quote, just because their personal lives were so problematic.  Anaïs Nin was kind of a jerk, and has been placed on a pedestal by subsequent generations of jerks, but I like the little quote above so I made an exception to my own rule.

There are several gurus and lamas that I avoid for similar reasons.  It’s not that they’re wrong– typically they’re just rephrasing ancient texts– it’s that I don’t trust their motives.  If they really practiced what they preached, they wouldn’t be living lives of pampered luxury.

They’d have no need to.

1 Comment

  1. markonit

    …I understand you completely… it is hard to have the same admiration for a person or their qualities as a human once you know that they were themselves flawed in a way that you find quite troubling… Morrissey does that for me, though there are others who fit that bill as well…

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