Last night I read something Steve wrote in his 20's after he returned to the U.S. from a spiritual quest in India.
Coming back to American was, for me, much more of a cultural shock than going to India. The people in the Indian country-side don't use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful that intellect, in my opnion. That's had a big impact on my work.
Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is learned and is the great achievement of Western civilization. In the villages of India, they never learned it...
Coming back after seven months in Indian villages, I saw the craziness of the Western world as well as its capacity for rational thought. If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.I know this is common wisdom in many spiritual practices. But I also find it fascinating that one of the men who is most responsible for our recent technological advances wrote something like this not too long before he founded Apple, Inc.
It reminds me of one of my very favorite quotes:
It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing.
― Gertrude Stein