“….Avoid situations that are below or above you. Identity is dignity:
living according to one’s nature. A craftsman enjoys more dignity than a priest who leads the life of a clerk; a Buddhist monk without possessions, fully dedicated to achieving awakening, is superior to a potential warrior who is judged by shareholders based on quarterly financial indicators; a barber who finds full satisfaction through serving is more superior than a freshly recruited “Buddhist monk” who is walking the streets of New York trying to recruit more people or, feeling“ qualified”, ventures to give relationship advice to women, etc.
There are situations that call forth virtues that are not below anybody and benefit all: heroism, self-sacrifice, loyalty (to factors of superiority, be it human or ideological). We all must respond to these….”