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Those who criticize this refusal to engage in service prematurely, this seeming mystical isolationism--and most Occidentals do criticize it--should ask themselves the question: How can people who are unable to live in harmony with themselves, live in harmony with others? Is it not wiser, more practical, to establish harmony within oneself first and then help others to do so?

-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practices Involved > Chapter 8: The Quest and Social Responsibility > # 105

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