September 13, 2004

We love to fixate. We are afraid of new, unknown things.
Being novel is maybe the most difficult thing to do. A physi-
cal appearance is easy to observe and, therefore, the most vis-
ible way to see the patterns and changes, if there are any.
Some people never change their hairstyle during their entire
lifetime (and they do not have to be bald).

Leaving appearance aside, thinking and acting original is
more important. We cling to our routines and thinking—we
are lazy about discovering anything new and challenging the
status quo. Thinking and questioning requires effort and
work. It is easier to fall back on the good old habits and ways
of behaving and acting. Unfortunately, this is the way of hurt-
ing oneself as well. By refusing to change, we are bound to
break our routines once in a while. Some people go nuts, and
most of us are just grumping about the extra effort it takes to
adjust to the new situation. We are so attached to the old ways
of living and the history, and we love routines. We prefer to be
boring, predictable, and repetitive machines.

The biggest challenge is to recognize and fight free of all
your routines and patterns—to continuously renew. But even
renewing can become a habit and routine. The trick is to be
fresh and awake every moment, without building any safe

This is the original text, and an edited version can be found in the Fragments of Reality -book.