The hardest thing for any man to achieve is worldliness: getting past his own anxieties, injuries, petty ingrained prejudices, vanity, sentimentality and seeing the world as it is, with a keen eye for what endures and hides under shifting forms.

The worldly man stands apart from popular crazes and fashions. He is neither reactionary nor progressive. Least of all is he an “activist” of any kind, being perfectly aware that changes come of their own accord and for reasons that their ardent promoters themselves cannot fathom.

He knows that trying to “change the world” is as much of a fool’s errand as trying to prevent it from changing. The world has its own reasons and it employs fools to achieve them.