If I am free of passion, I am yet not free, for my person is subject to the passions of others.
Were I to become a hermit and remove myself from the passion that dwells without, then I would not know whether I am free or not free, nor would I even be called upon to be free.
If I react with passion to the passions of others I am enslaved again to my passions and theirs.
If I seek only to forget passion I will have done nothing to comprehend it and passion will soon restate itself by way of reminder.
The introspective memory comprehends passion and dispassionately instructs the soul.
This in itself is not victory. It is merely where the battle begins.