It occurred to me at various points yesterday that every one of my friends effortlessly reaffirms my faith in humanity. Moreover, each one of my friends inspires me to return the favor, not out of demand, but by example.
We are here not to use and abuse our fellows, to force them to submit to our superior will. Rather, we are here that the reasonableness of dominion might once again be known on earth. In this spirit, I came across this profound quote written not too long ago by a remarkable horseman, Colonel Alois Podhajsky, who served as director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna from 1939 to 1965:
“Equestrian art, perhaps more than any other, is closely related to the wisdom of life. Many of the same principles may be applied as a line of conduct to follow. The horse teaches us self-control, constancy and the ability to understand what goes on in the mind and the feelings of another creature, qualities that are important throughout our lives. Moreover, from this relationship with his horse the rider will learn that only kindness and mutual understanding will bring about achievements of highest perfection.”