A visitor who was greatly exercised over the impact of the sage’s teachings, spoke up, “I don’t think what you teach is good for us. It’s quite contrary to what our society has instilled in us.”

“The first question to ask of any reality is not whether it’s good or bad, for that is a judgement that blocks all inquiry,” the sage responded calmly. “Instead let the first question be if it’s true or false.”

(F. Padinjarekara: A Dewdrop in the Ocean – Wisdom Stories for Turbulent Times. Awareness Arc, 2009)