The Buddhas : Are you sure about this one?
UN : Why? You think otherwise?
The Buddhas : You have that streak in you. The one wanting fame, sometimes, indirectly, maybe.
UN : Hmmm. Yes, sometimes there are pangs.
The Buddhas : But mostly, better sense prevails.
UN : I’m glad you see that.
The Buddhas : Let’s harp a bit on this hidden craving for fame.
UN : I’m not craving for fame. I enjoy being a nobody.
The Buddhas : Ok, lets put this another way.
UN : Go ahead.
The Buddhas : You are noticed. Your work is noticed. Eventually, you get acclaim in what you do.
UN : Is that a bad thing?
The Buddhas : We’re not finished. This leads you to subconsciously crave for more. It’s a natural tendency.
UN : I watch out for this tendency.
The Buddhas : Yes, but sometimes it’s there and you don’t know it.
UN : Continue.
The Buddhas : You only get to know after then committing an action that is driven by a latent craving for recognition.
UN : Hmmm. True. You’ll need to concede, though, that once I realize such an action has been committed, I immediately correct myself.
The Buddhas : Ya, you correct your action then and suppress the pang for recognition.
UN : You don’t like the suppression bit, is it?
The Buddhas : It’ll just explode that way.
UN : I see. You’re trying to say that upon explosive emergence, then, things will be uncontrollable.
The Buddhas : Better is to let it come out, recognize it, and then, let it move on.
UN : Without acting on it, you’re saying, right?
The Buddhas : Yeah. Just don’t act on it. Have that much self-control.
UN : So what it’s boiling down to is this : I need to recognize fame-related thought processes as they emerge…
The Buddhas : …and then let them pass, without acting on them or reacting to them.
UN : That’s it, is it?
The Buddhas : Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
UN : I’m sure you’re going to say otherwise.
The Buddhas : Well, let’s see you do it first.