Another cause of dullness is imitation. You are made to imitate by
tradition. The weight of the past drives you to conform, toe the line,
and through conformity the mind feels safe, secure; it establishes
itself in a well-oiled groove so that it can run smoothly without
disturbance, without a quiver of doubt. Watch the grown-up people
about you and you will see that their minds do not want to be
disturbed. They want peace, even though it is the peace of death; but
real peace is something entirely different.
When the mind establishes itself in a groove, in a pattern, haven't
you noticed that it is always prompted by the desire to be secure?
That is why it follows an ideal, an example, a guru. It wants to be
safe, undisturbed, therefore it imitates. When you read in your
history books about great leaders, saints, warriors, don't you find
yourself wanting to copy them? Not that there aren't great people in
the world; but the instinct is to imitate great people, to try to
become like them, and that is one of the factors of deterioration
because the mind then sets itself in a mould.