Funny how this comes to the top to tonight when these very topics are on my mind…
“I am not who you think I am; I am not who I think I am; I am who I think you think I am ”
― Thomas Cooley, Inscriptions: Prairie Poetry
When we look to others to validate who we are, we are really looking to our own opinions of others and ourselves. We can never know what other people think. We only know what we think about ourselves and how we assume that others define us. Everything known is through the lens of self experience. Since external is internal, then there should be no reason to look external for any definition. No more answers can be gained from external sources than through self-inquiry.
“Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed – borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves.”
So many arguments are held at different levels because of supposed disagreement…
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