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Gary Snyder: “always doing what you want to do, is hardest”

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Discipline as self-restraint is an easy one; being clear-cut, negative, and usually based on some accepted cultural values. Discipline of following desires, always doing what you want to do, is hardest. It presupposes self-knowledge of motives, a careful balance of free action and sense of where the cultural taboos lay–knowing whether a particular “desire” is instinctive, cultural, personal, a product of thought, contemplation, or the unconscious.

Gary Snyder, “Lookout’s Journal,”  Earth House Hold.

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