Karma functions through certain tendencies. But with some awareness and focus, you can push it in a different direction.
On the one hand, maybe I’ve remained infantile, while on the other I matured quickly, because at a young age I was very aware of suffering and fear.
It is not a dreamlike state, but the somehow insulated state, that a great musician achieves in a great performance. He’s aware of where he is and what he’s doing, but his mind is on the playing of the instrument with an internal sense of rightness.
I am not aware that I have deserved any notoriety, and I have no taste for its buzz.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.