Quote This: Krishnamurti on loving what we’re doing

I want to provoke you a little today, with this:

Our present education is rotten because it teaches us to love success and not what we are doing. The result has become more important than the action.

– J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

Referenced by writer Michelle Margaret,in  28 Inspirational Reminders For Crazy Creative People, The Elephant Journal (December 28. 2013).

Here is the fuller context for that excerpt:

Have you ever thought about it? We want to be famous as a writer, as a poet, as a painter, as a politician, as a singer, or what you will.

Why? Because we really don’t love what we are doing.

If you loved to sing, or to paint, or to write poems, if you really loved it you would not be concerned with whether you are famous or not.

To want to be famous is tawdry, trivial, stupid, it has no meaning; but, because we don’t love what we are doing, we want to enrich ourselves with fame.

Our present education is rotten because it teaches us to love success and not what we are doing. The result has become more important than the action.

You know, it is good to hide your brilliance under a bushel, to be anonymous, to love what you are doing and not to show off.

It is good to be kind without a name. That does not make you famous, it does not cause your photograph to appear in the newspapers. Politicians do not come to your door.

You are just a creative human being living anonymously, and in that there is richness and great beauty.

If you’re into Krishnamurti, you can get a daily meditation from The Book of Life here

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P.S. The first post of 2014 on Nothing By The Book is about… well, it’s a metaphor. Wanna read it? It’s called “Mittens?” It fills me with joy.

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