You've got to be the whole thing, not just the best part of it.
Many great Zen masters had deep problems with addiction.
Many great artists were cruel, especially to women. Some of
the most ecstatic saints suffered bouts of abysmal depression.
And some of your favorite "spiritual authors" drank themselves
to death. And as for sex among holy celibates, well...
I'm not saying, be cynical about spiritual teachers. I'm saying,
let them be human, and let yourself be human. You've got to be
the whole thing. The same goes for dogs.
Which brings up the problem of Willy. Willy's the cutest and
most spiritual dog in the whole world. But that doesn't keep him
from SNEAKING DOWNSTAIRS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
NIGHT AND EATING THE FUCKING CAT FOOD. Does it,
Willy? And then BARFING ON THE RUG.