(From Thich Nhat Hanh’s incredible book “Fragrant Palm Leaves” Pg 127, 128)
Life waits patiently for true heroes. It is dangerous when those aspiring to be heroes cannot wait until they find themselves. When aspiring heroes have not found themselves, they are tempted to borrow the world’s weapons-money, fame,and power-to fight their battles. These weapons cannot protect the inner life of the hero.
To cope with his fears and insecurities, the premature hero has to stay busy all the time. The destructive capacity of nonstop busyness rivals nuclear weapons and is as addictive as opium. It empties the life of the spirit.
False heroes find it easier to make war than deal with the emptiness in their own souls.
They think they are real heroes because they are so busy, but if we could see their inner lives, we would see desolation.
Without fierce resolve and a mature spiritual life, private demons cannot be controlled. - Thich Nhat Hanh