i'm thinking this evening about how my role as a zen monk causes some people to see me as an authority, and how important it is that i never see myself that way. there are things i consider to be true beyond any doubt, and yet there are people who feel the same, think the same, about things that seem ludicrous to me. to think what i see is real and what others see is not real is both delusional and dualistic. there can be no wisdom without humility (yes, another view!).