“When you are nothing, then something, pop, comes up to fill the space.”

This can lead you in one of two directions. On one hand, you can despair. If the world’s spiritual guardians are sitting watching trashy TV, then surely we’re all doomed, a hopeless species trapped in a futile rush towards destruction. Or you can take solace from their everydayness. If the monks are like us, then it figures that we are like the monks. If they can gain a deeper understanding of life, yet still indulge their foibles, then perhaps we too can attain wisdom and fulfilment.

What I learned when I met the monk who ran 1,000 marathons – The Guardian

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