I think that Berne is suggesting that once a person becomes analytical and reductive he or she loses the ability to perceive the natural inherent beauty and majesty of the world. Fortunately, these capacities are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
This is a beautiful quote about complacency with knowledge.
I am still not sure what this is about...Is it about intimate relationships or just life in general
"Reductive" - I was prepared to let the quote wash over me. Papamoose your self-fulfilling explanation means I must, necessarily, move on (but not away). Thanks!