Only in a whole world in which we lose ourselves competently and ecstatically can we be coherent and powerful. But to "let go" after losing our primal hunter-gatherer skills seems either counter-intuitive or terrifying. How to react sanely to Emersonís prompt: "The one thing we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves . . . To do something without knowing how or why"? This would not be murky trance or evasive projection, but the keenest wakefulness.

-- Bruce Wilshire, Wild Hunger