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Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Mirror of Truth

The unexamined life is not worth living.

To the extent that any person has a genuine desire to know themselves and the world they live in, each person has a duty to extrapolate from their own experience the truth concerning the nature of reality, the meaning of life, and the purpose of existence.

There is no other source, it must be experiential, and it cannot be arrived at alone.

The individual must take their own measure and judge for themselves who they are, their nature, and the value of what they do in the world, of how they behave in universe, how they act in relationship to every person living therein. They must measure for themselves who they are in relation to the totality of what is.

That is a lot to consider, do not get vertigo.

Take things as they come.

Take them one step at a time.

Be mindful.

There are limitations as to how much we can discover on our own…by ourselves, isolated and alone.

We face these limitations because we are not solitary creatures, we are relational and our relationships are a vital component of who we are. They are constituent elements of our being.

All of our relationships, whether we characterize them as good or bad, whether we are active participants in them, or are completely oblivious to them, those relationships matter, both the near and far, in both time and space, the relationships that are closest to us, as well as those beyond the possibility of knowing.

Together, in the light of one-another we are able to examine our experience, check it, and discover who we are, and thereby we are able to do more for the betterment of the world, and ourselves.

When we are in dialogue with one-another, listening to each other, the reflections we need to make for the sake of self-awareness, reflection we need to make so that we may understand who are, these reflections become clear.

When we see ourselves reflected in the face of the other, then and only then are we able to know the truth. Then and only then, with the veil of the ego removed, then we are able to see who we truly are.