A THOUGHT

YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE!

Then by what method or process do we come to understanding who we are?

The understanding gained in examining a life itself comes to permeate that life and direct its course. To live an examined life is to make a self-portrait.
The philosophical tradition since Plato has sought to ground ethics by showing that our own well being is served or enhanced by behaving ethically.
We do not want to get committed to any one particular understanding or locked into it. This danger looms larger for writers, in the public’s mind or in their own they have easily can become identified with a particular philosophy that marked out a distinctive view, one that now seems seriously inadequate.
Once having pigeonholed people and figured out what they are saying, we do not welcome new information that would require us to re-understand and reclassify them, and we resent their focusing us to devote fresh energy to this when we have expended more then enough in their direction already!
Once upon a time, philosophy promised more than empty contents of thoughts. “Citizens of Athens,” Socrates asked, “aren’t you ashamed to care so much about making all the money you can and advancing your reputation and prestige, while for TRUTH and WISDOM and the IMPROVEMENT OF YOUR SOULS you have not thought or care?” He spoke of the state of our souls, and showed us the state of his own.The understanding gained in examining a life itself comes to permeate that life and direct its course. To live an examined life is to make a self-portrait.
The philosophical tradition since Plato has sought to ground ethics by showing that our own well being is served or enhanced by behaving ethically.
We do not want to get committed to any one particular understanding or locked into it. This danger looms larger for writers, in the public’s mind or in their own they have easily can become identified with a particular philosophy that marked out a distinctive view, one that now seems seriously inadequate.
Once having pigeonholed people and figured out what they are saying, we do not welcome new information that would require us to re-understand and reclassify them, and we resent their focusing us to devote fresh energy to this when we have expended more then enough in their direction already!
Once upon a time, philosophy promised more than empty contents of thoughts. “Citizens of Athens,” Socrates asked, “aren’t you ashamed to care so much about making all the money you can and advancing your reputation and prestige, while for TRUTH and WISDOM and the IMPROVEMENT OF YOUR SOULS you have not thought or care?” He spoke of the state of our souls, and showed us the state of his own.

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