Being frequently submerged in the chaos of our lower emotional natures means we fall continually into an unhappy half-life of existence. Our semi-conscious thinking makes us subject to the surrounding chaos of life, and our semi-conscious love also deprives us of a happy outcome. So develops the path of our slow education through pain. This way stands in stark contrast to a path of actual love and wisdom. And even when we manage to get our head above water, in this age of intensified communication, we are easily pulled down again into the crush of world chaos.
How shall we endure the painful chaos of the world? The pains may spark inspiration and define the direction for our creative forces, but our work is with harmony. Essential optimism derives from attention to the spiritual depth, while pessimism or realism forces itself upon us in our attention to the chaos on the surface. Realism is educationally useful, but our main life focus is with optimism because thought creates. Education is good, and the work allotted to us defines the scope of it, but it would be debilitating to dwell indiscriminately on the horrors of the human scene.