He said, “Don’t listen to what they say. That’s what I do. I learned it long before. Just pretend that you are listening. Their purpose is served: they think they are being listened to. It is not harming them at all. The only question is that somebody is listening, somebody is attentive. That makes them feel very good, they are important people look, one of the most famous psychoanalysts is listening so attentively, as if their words are of wisdom. They are happy; they are relieved of their steam. And don’t listen! Otherwise their steam will get into you and you will not be able to sleep in the night. And all that nonsense that they have told you, if you carry it in your head, sooner or later you will have to go to another psychoanalyst.”
You will be surprised to know, psychoanalysts go mad more often than any other profession – twice as often! And psychoanalysts commit suicides more than any other profession – twice as much! And even if they don’t commit suicide, if they are not that brave and don’t go mad, they remain boiling within. They are continuously in a kind of fever, a delirium. They are of course paid well, so they have chosen the profession, but it is a dangerous profession.
If you want to throw out your junk please make it a point not to throw it on any other human being. People have their own already, and it is too much; don’t add to it.
But you can go to the river and talk to the river. And the river won’t listen, so there is no problem: the river won’t go mad. You can go to a tree and talk to the tree, and you can talk to the stars, and you can talk to the walls; and that’s perfectly good. And if you feel it is too crazy, then write it down, make a diary, and write all that you want.
You have to get rid of your steam, but it should not enter into anybody else’s being; otherwise you are violent. And if people learn this simple thing, the world will become saner.
Enough for today.