chapter  9
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According to Tolstoy, our contrived, blinkered world of abstracted rationality should be seen as a strange psychological condition, one that pronounces sounds independently of concepts, that generates fear, strains memory and attention and crushes imagination and creativeness.1 To glimpse beyond this impoverished view of reality, we have to learn to see anew, with a widened perspective and a deeper level of attention. And we have to learn to approach such seeing with a different attitude – one that quietens our tendencies towards inquisitiveness and acquisitiveness and instead seeks repose, openness and acceptance; an attitude that seeks not to do or to have but to be. It is here, in being, that we fi nd composure, a respect for what is and a more modest idea of needs.