The Part in Dragon Pool

The Part

An emotional man was protesting against the principle of Detachment taught in many of the schools of inner training. “It seems to me that this is a negation of all human feeling,” he burst out. “Surely when there is an occasion for grief, I should express that grief fully, and when it is an occasion for happiness, I should express that happiness fully, laughing and singing and dancing if I feel like it. And then there are cases where I see something is wrong; I must show that I am against that, absolutely against it.”
“Oh, the training doesn’t say that sometimes there are not genuine parts to be played. Often there is a genuine role, as you say. But a first-rate actor will manage to express it fully, with the greatest economy of means. Why ham it?

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