I’m glad you could delight in MN1, cause the monks that heard it did not!
This is actually the most fascinating thing about MN1. From this I know that even practice is not to be relished, practice is just practice. Vinegar is just vinegar.
He didn’t seem into mollycoddling them!
Ānanda, treat me as a friend, not as an enemy. That will be for your lasting welfare and happiness. I shall not mollycoddle you like a potter with their damp, unfired pots. I shall speak, pushing you again and again, pressing you again and again. The core will stand the test.
(I’d love to make this quote into a doodle but I’m still waiting for inspiration… )
I was thinking more along the lines of cattle prods myself
cattle prod is an electric shock stick , just a small electric shock