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Saturday, February 16, 2008

"Self-discovery"

Should whats commonly called "self discovery" really be called "self acquisition," or "self creation?" The term "self discovery" seems to imply that the "self" is already present somewhere, as if its a hidden pattern that just needs to be uncovered. It seems more likely that all that's preexisting is the genetically-determined base "self" shared by all humans. That is, the self centered around physical needs, and maybe basic emotional needs also.

But the self seems richer than this. I think that for most people, sharing part of the general "self" is enough. IE, being a part of popular culture and sharing in the already decided-upon standards of "interestingness." The harder path is to find interesting patterns and things worth being interested in on one's own.

2 comments:

THE ILLINOISE LETTER WRITING PROJECT said...

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Daniel Zimarev said...

It's the hardest way but also the most rewarding one.