It is an error to believe that men can separate themselves permanently from normal human life, and themselves exist as if they were ghosts. They may succeed in doing so for a time, a period, sometimes even a lifetime, but in the end the bipolar forces which control development will draw them back. No such separation is desired or sought on the Short Path--as it often is on the Long one--and those who follow it can appreciate physical or cultural possessions and satisfactions. But because they are spiritually mature, there is always inner detachment behind this appreciation.
-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 5: Balancing the Paths > # 57