The material self needs to be parented, not listened to. This author is grateful for his body and material mind; they have adapted and persevered and allowed me to survive in this life. But in middle age I must listen to this little animal-origin self of mine much less than I used to. This animal-origin part of me deserves kind treatment (perhaps a dose of what today is popularly called “self-care”). But by its very nature this material self is not mature enough or farseeing enough to be given free reign over my life.
So I aim to listen to the urges and impulses of my material self as a parent would a child.