We ought to have the humility to admit we do not know all about ourselves, that we are not experts at running our own lives. We ought to stop taking our conscious plans and decisions with such infinite seriousness. It may well be that we are not the martyrs or the mystics … or the lovers of God that we imagine ourselves to be. Our subconscious mind may be trying to tell us this in many ways — and we have trained ourselves, with the most egregious self-righteousness, to turn a deaf ear.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Cistercian monk, author, and diarist. source: Merton, T. (1983). No man is an island. New York: HBJ, p.38