Being Alive

     “People don’t want to give up their jealousies and anxieties, their resentment and guilt, because these negative emotions provide them with their ‘kicks,’ the feeling of being alive,” said the Master.

     And this is how he illustrated it:

     The local postman took a short cut through a meadow on his bicycle.  Midway across, a bull spied him and gave chase.  The poor fellow barely made it to the fence.

     “Nearly got you, didn’t he?” said the Master who had watched the scene.

     “Yes,” said the old man, puffing, “nearly gets me every time.”

– Anthony de Mello, One Minute Nonsense