Give up sainthood, renounce wisdom,
and it will be a hundred times better for everyone.
Throw away morality and justice
and people will do the right thing.
Throw away industry and profit
and there will be no thieves.
All of these are outward forms alone;
they are not sufficient in themselves.
It is more important
to see the simplicity,
to realize one’s true nature,
to cast off selfishness
and temper desire.
Simplicity of life is living from the peace and love that resides inside us as our true and naked nature.
Living in a manner to obtain certain statuses in society only takes away from that simplicity. Living to tout your sense of morality and justice to others and impose rules and restrictions in order for them to live to your expectations only makes people seek more immorality and injustice. Living for the adornment of the physical world’s treasures through industry and money only leads to people stealing and striving for those treasures.
Instead do not seek these outward forms of acceptance and value for your life. Live in a manner that benefits those around you and keep at bay your desire to obtain things for your own selfishness.
As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow refers to in the image above, simplicity in all things is the supreme excellence.