You must have human help

As Anderson would also say, you can’t just sit back and rely on God for recovery.

“You must have human help.”

He said those words again and again and again. We cannot pray and meditate ourselves into good thinking. We need new, different thoughts.

There is one source of new ideas. Only one.

Other people.

People talk to you in real time, or they talk to you asychronously.

There is nothing — NOTHING — that can substitute for one person talking sincerely, honestly, deeply it’s another person. It’s the cornerstone of the system that got me here. This is true for both sides of the conversation — the teacher and the student. (And anyway, in a good conversation the positions flip constantly.)

But real time conversations with humans are sometimes hard to set up. People are busy. They are far away. They are sick.

There is a great second-best.

Books are the simplest, surest way to always have access to human help. That’s why I have a bunch of books on the Kindle app on my phone. At any moment I can get advice from the masters of ancient wisdom. And I alway seem to find exactly what I need at that precise moment.

Books are a way for you to hear and absorb new ideas. They are a way for you to hear old ideas again, because Eraserman wipes your memory once more.

A book is someone talking to you. Ancient wisdom. Dead people talk to me — Marcus Aurelius to pick a current favorite.

So in order to maintain your spiritual condition, seek external help. Talk to another human, of course. But if you can’t, read.

Read daily, or more frequently if the mood or need arises.

Preferably, read Lindy authors. With apologies to Nassim Taleb (his books are exceedingly useful to me and he is happily still alive), the best authors are the dead authors. Reason: Lindy. Darwin. Survival is proof of value.