What is learning? What is criticism ? Through criticism one can learn. I criticise you and through that very act of criticising, I am criticising myself. In that, there is partial learning. I see I must learn to function in the technological field. There, I must have experience. That is absolute law – otherwise I cannot do anything. Then I ask myself: do I learn anything through experience, psychologically? Or do I only learn when I am aware, watching, watching that I am acting from an idea, which is already the old, and conforming to that pattern? So I watch that. I am afraid, and my conditioning says resist it, run away from it, suppress it, control it, develop courage. When I act that way, I am strengthening my conditioning, therefore I am not learning. I can only learn about fear when I watch it in myself. Can I watch it without the conditioning, neither suppressing it, running away from it or controlling it? Then what takes place? There is a learning in the very watching. There I am very critical, saying: who is watching? Is the watcher different from fear? I see they are both the same. So is there a watching without the watcher? If the watcher is there, he is conditioned. Is there a watching without the watcher, without being conditioned, without wanting to escape, suppress or control?"
from Students Discussion 3 in Amsterdam, 13 May 1969