When is an activity appropriate for a spiritual life?
“The children of this age have become like wheat poured into the sieve of this earth, and then scattered among the inconstant dreams of this world, in the presence of unending turmoil of earthly cares, desires and maze of material concepts. Satan shakes the souls, and with a sieve, that is, the earthly cares, scatters the entire sinful human race.
“no matter how one conceals his desires, behind them stands egoism, which desires to twist you to its needs, or to use you as its means. The goal is one of deception… everyone shuts himself up in his own shell and unable to produce any warmth.”
“for you to shun everyone is, of course, impossible; but refuse as much as possible to enter into this circle of worldly life. When it does pull you against your will, act as if you were not there; look but do not see; listen but do not hear…. Outwardly behave like everyone else, be straightforward and sincere; but guard your heart form sympathies and attractions.”
“Only when all of our powers are in motion and all of our needs are satisfied does a man live. But when only one small portion of his powers is in motion, and only a small number of his needs are satisfied, this life is not life. Everything works together as a unit.”