The Motions of the Average Mind

I was cleaning around and found an old copy of Expect the Unexpected – A Creativity Tool Based on the Ancient Wisdom of Heraclitus. I started leafing through it (you know how it goes, you find something you forget you had and you forget what you were doing), and happened to come across this footnote on page 63:

“The motions of the average mind… are about as purposeful and orderly as those of a crazed monkey cavorting about his cage. Nay, more; like the prancings of a drunk, crazed monkey. Even so we have not conveyed its full restlessness; The mind is like a drunk, crazed monkey that has St. Vitus’ dance. If we are to be truly accurate as to its frenzy we must go a final step; it is like a drunk, crazed monkey with St. Vitus’ dance who has just been stung by a wasp.” – Huston Smith, The Religions of Man

If you’ve ever tried to meditate, I think you’d agree, this is spot on.