Reproduced without permission from Robert Fripp's diary:
For those engaged in the flows & flurries of contemporary living: what is the challenge?
The challenge is to be present in the maelstrom & the nonsense; respond to its demands where necessary; and not react to its pressures.
The word for this is freedom, but not a freedom outside the bustle; it is holding a still point within the bustle.
Outside: nonsense. Inside: purpose, poise, grace.
Outside, the bustle continues.
Inside, the bustle has no purchase.
Our concern is not to drive out noise; our aim is to invite in quiet.
How can we force quiet on the exterior world? But this is a place where quiet has entered.
How can we force peace on a world in conflict? But this is a place where peace has entered.