Possessing power, a man is filled with greed and desire; lacking supporters, he is an object of contempt. Riches bring manifold fears, poverty finds one seething with discontent. Depend upon others and you become their creature; have dependents of your own to look out for, and love and obligation ensnare you. If you abide by the world’s ways, you suffer the loss of freedom; if you flout them, you are looked on as mad. What place can you live, what activities can you pursue, in order to ensure a haven for your body and bring even a moment of peace to your mind?
—Kamo no Chōmei