Gombrich is cool. If you haven't read it, How Buddhism Began: the conditioned genesis of the early teachings is well worth the effort of tracking it down. It may still be out of print but an electronic version is available on google books if you search for its title. What the Buddha thought is definitely on my list.
I'll respond to the content of your post after I've had a chance to read through it again.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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