This is a fantastic piece of prose from one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, D.H. Lawrence. It's full of hope, ambition and encouragement to free ourselves of the anxieties and distractions that hold us back from realising our true potential.
Lawrence also shows a deep knowledge of one of our default traits as humans; we are all, from time to time, trapped by our ego's, fueled by the reptilian part of our brains. In other words, the fear of failure (FOF) or fear of missing out (FOMO) or not being good enough can consume us. It's also this part of the brain that has been programmed over the ages to guard against predators and to see survival as a competition. More below on the three parts of our brain that work together to make up who we are. The good news is that, through practice, there is no limitation to what we can learn. We can all "get into the forests again" and "stamp our feet with new power".
We shall laugh and institutions will curl up like burnt paper
"When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego,
and when we escape like squirrels turning in the
cages of our personality
and get into the forests again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us
so that we don't know ourselves.
Cool, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power,
we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down,
we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like
burnt paper." - D.H. Lawrence