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Do you think you can find the key to how it works?

My friend you’re as deluded as can be!


There is no key.

There’s no secret; nothing to improve

nor make more expedient, nor efficient.

All your approaches are stymied.

All your efforts are wasted.


Sometimes language flows and sometimes it just drips.

Sometimes learning is sludge; sometimes silk.

Sometimes confidence surges and sometimes it ebbs.

Sometimes life is great; but then it hurts.


The wisest teachers avoid being the best, the worst, the wisest.

They forgo that extra mile whenever they can.

They have no laurels upon which to rest.


*My original commentary on Chapter 29 can be found here

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