Blindly following the norms of their society and doing only what other people expect

In the words of the Old French text of The Quest of the Holy Grail, if he wants to succeed, he must enter the forest “at a point that he, himself, had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no path.” The wasteland in the grail legend is a place where people live inauthentic lives, blindly following the norms of their society and doing only what other people expect.”

The Spiral Staircase, P. 268

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