our duties are revealed through our relations with one another

you are not an isolated event. each of us is part of a vast, complex, and intricately ordered human community. look for and come to understand your connections with other people, and locate yourself within the cosmic scheme by identifying your duties.

that a man is your father claims a practical emotional link, and you are naturally obligated to care for him, to listen to his advice, to exercise patience in hearing his views, and to respect his guidance.

the mythology relating to your nature and the natural world of which you are a part funnels through perceptions strictly dictated by sociological tradition. your life is a metaphor for the spiritual potentiality in the human body and in nature, and the same powers that animate your life animate the life of the world.