Sages look within and use their minds to solve their problems. They understand that everything they need for dealing with life can be found within.
Fools seek help from outside. They pray to the Buddha and other deities asking for wealth, health, security, and relief from problems rather than strengthening their minds.
Sages cultivate the mind more than the body. While both are important, all things begin in the mind so they develop mind management to deal with life’s poisons. Anger is replaced with patience; greed with generosity; ignorance or stupidity with wisdom.
Fools develop the body while completely neglecting the mind. Placing a total focus on a healthy body while the mind become weaker and sicker is counterproductive.
Sages develop spiritual friendships. They associate with people on a spiritual path providing mutual support, encouragement and accountability.
Fools have friendships but exclusively at levels which are superficial, frivolous, and one-dimensional. They have friends with whom they party, drink, use recreational drugs but no friends who offer spiritual insight and companionship.
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