is vital to balanced living.
Hate authority. Reality alone is true.
No matter how famous the mouth,
check the words against experience.
Do not become intimate with power.
There is nothing we can control
beyond our own doing.
Relinquish power, embrace reality,
and do what must be done.
– Pirke Avot I:10 (Hebrew texts from the Talmud, Ethics of the Fathers)