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Unfortunately, most of us do not want to die to anything, particularly to that which gives us pleasure, to the memory of things that we have known and cherished. We would rather find an escape, live in an illusion. But one must die to the known for innocency to be. This is not a mere verbal statement or conclusion. There must be an actual dying to the known, to the past. And one cannot die to the known if one has a motive to die, for motive is rooted in time, in thought, and thought is the response of the background of consciousness, which is the known.
Public Talk 7 London, England - 19 June 1962 Read full text