Know Yourself

know yourself

"To thine on self be true" - Shakespeare
"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates
"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom" - Aristotle

This question of 'knowing myself' has for as long as I can remember been in my mind. 
Who am I? etc. For me know I can see an important difference between thinking about life
and the particulars of the moment, compared to the direct experience. To my understanding
this is the key to 'knowing ourselves'. The thought's of who we are, or should be, and
how that can be built on the belief that there's something missing, or wrong, turn 
out to be just thoughts. And all the while the direct experience of life in the 
particulars of the moment are available for everyone always, something that is reliable.

Knowing myself then becomes about 'experiencing myself' rather than 'thinking myself'.

I'd much rather eat a biscuit rather than just think about a biscuit, and I'd much
rather experience my life rather than just think about it. I see this as leading to
the true knowing of ourself and the beginning of all wisdom.

What do you think?

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