A realization is like a wave that crashes into the shore and takes the sand away with it as it recedes. Each new wave takes another level of sand along with it, and this goes on for millions of years until there is no sand left.
Realizations take millions of years, but it doesn’t stop there. Even when there is no sand left and the rocks become exposed, the waves still keep coming. They keep on crashing against the hard surfaces of the rocks in their relentless manner. Ultimately, the rocks crack and submit to their will.
There is nothing stronger than a realization. It is one of the only things that can change everything. It is the only weapon that can cause implosions so massive, that they change everything on the inside, and when this happens, everything on the outside changes too.
The thing about a realization, though, is that there is no limit to the number of them that you can have. In fact, I think that the number of realizations that you have is the true measure of how wise you are, not how many books you have read or how many things you know.
At the end of the day, I believe that true knowledge comes not from learning things, but from realizing them. Learning something is nothing more than adding something to the stock of your knowledge, but realizing something, on the other hand, is when what you learn leads to a volte-face. It is something that applies to you and your mode of thinking and that is why you attach yourself to it, because it makes some part of you obsolete, and in doing so it makes you stronger by replacing these obsolete parts.
I don’t think that I am wrong when I say that the strongest people on the planet are the ones who have realized the largest number of things. In doing so, they have replaced every obsolete part of theirs with a newer one. Now these obsolete ‘parts’ I speak of are nothing more than ways of thinking or an outlook of the world.
So how do we grow as people? The answer is simple: we realize things and it is from our realizations that we get the power to grow.