Sunday, August 26, 2007

Question yourself

To “know yourself” (Socrates), in order to “be true to yourself” (Polonius in “Hamlet”) you must first question yourself.

Question authority? Above all, question the authority of your own conscious ego and its attendants.

Question above all the tyranny of social authority and expectation, especially as you have internalized it, then the authority of internalized family messages, and then the tyranny of unquestioned self-expectation.

Question not, though, in the style of a harsh interrogator, but that of a young child discovering the world anew. I hope to throw questions at my own self and life like that every day.

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