Most of the world’s original and productive thought
comes from people of relatively poor physique
and an impractical turn of mind.
In many societies conditions are hard
and there is little surplus wealth.
The contemplative has to face the struggle for existence
and social predominance unprotected.
They will either die young or be too busy staying alive
to devote their attention to anything else.
But what of the prevalence of the prevailing view?
Traditional societies regard sacrality as existent
from ‘everlasting to everlasting’…
The fundamental ideas of the prevailing view
can be formulated from very simple vocabulary
and the experiences to which these ideas refer
lie outside the realms of vocabulary.