On the front page of this morning's Globe and Mail Arts section a profile on 67-year-old guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson. Below his mug, this quote:
"I want to be clairvoyant. If I could see around the corner, I could get ahead a bit quicker. It's a practical thing, but it comes from spirituality."
Talk about ends over means. As for the last line, I see the ghost of Max Weber, but also L. Ron Hubbard.
If I were to rewrite this quote for a younger generation, those with the same ends in mind, it would look like this:
"I want to be autistic. If I see a corner, I cross the street. It's a practiced thing, and it comes from a fear of engaging on terms other than my own."