However commendable pity toward other persons may be as a trait of character, it is worse than useless to the student on this path when directed to his own person. It merely feeds his weaknesses and nourishes his ego. It prevents him from facing himself and from looking into his real problems. Self-pity stops him from uncovering the true causes of some of his troubles.
-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practices Involved > Chapter 1: Ant's Long Path > # 134