... distance ourselves from ourselves with fatal consequences:
If you understood that at the end of the day everyone protects his own world, you equally understand how important it is to seek confirmation from within - instead of from outside.
We seek confirmation from an early age, we are pack animals & seek belonging.
You have to gain distance from everything, that's why I deal with the principle "Die every morning." from the book "Hagakure" by Yamamoto Tsunetomo.
An elephant, as an example, does not know that it is dying, it can mourn for a deceased - but not acquire in advance this consciousness that we will die one day.
Once this thought is consciously grasped, one understands where passionate devotion comes from. Because every moment could be the last, so one selflessly invests every moment in a duty far above one's own selfish intentions.
The more I think about how little time my father had, what opportunities my mother allowed me through her time, the deeper I get inside myself and find drive. I calibrate myself, questioning again my motivations & my motives. Why did I start?