Where does our disasters come from?

Our disasters come from letting nothing live for itself, from the longing we have to pull everything, even friends, into ourselves, and let nothing alone.

Convinced that people lack inner guidance and wishing to "help" them, we feel obliged to tell others what we think they need to know and how we think they ought to live. Countless disasters originate here - between parents and children, teachers and students, supervisors and employees - originate, that is, in presumptuous advice - giving that leaves the other feeling diminished and disrespected.

--Parker J. Palmer