I am dead because I lack desire;
I lack desire because I think I possess;
I think I possess because I do not try to give.
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
Seeing you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing,
Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become;
In desiring to become, you begin to live.
- Rene Daumal, author of the unfinished 'Mount Analogue', and a pupil of Gurdjieff.