We reveal our nature when confronted with difficulties
It is much the same with human beings. We see the life style (1) under certain conditions and it is our task to analyze its exact relation to existing circumstances, inasmuch as the mind changes with any alteration in the environment. As long as people are in a favorable situation we cannot see their life styles clearly. In new situations, however, where they are confronted with difficulties, the life styles appear clearly and distinctly.
A trained psychologist could perhaps understand a life style of a human being even while in a favorable situation, but it becomes apparent to everybody when the subject is put into unfavorable or difficult circumstances.
Yet, certainly, the wise learn many things from their enemies; for caution preserves all things. From a friend you could not learn this, but your foe immediately obliges you to learn it. For example, the states have learned from enemies, and not from friends, to build lofty walls, and to possess ships of war. And this lesson preserves children, house, and possessions.
The present theory then must be considered to be a suggested program or framework for future research and must stand ...
It’s saying no.
That’s your first hint that something’s alive. It says no. That’s how you know a baby is starting to turn into a person. They run around saying no all day, throwing their aliveness at everything to see what it’ll stick to. You can’t say no if you don’t have desires and opinions and wants of your own. You wouldn’t even want to.
No is the heart of thinking.