Those who set about mending the inborn nature through vulgar learning, hoping thereby to return once more to the Beginning; those who set about muddling their desires through vulgar ways of thought, hoping thereby to attain clarity - they may be called the blind and benighted people.When I was a young lad and coming of the age to begin dating, I remember one of the tidbits of advice offered by family and friends alike: Act natural. So, like most of my compatriots, I spent hours in front of the mirror practicing acting naturally.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
It didn't dawn on me until much later that being natural required no acting! In fact, trying to be natural was an ironclad guarantee that I would be anything but.
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