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QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"This above all, to thine own self be true,
And it must follow as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
[Polonius to his son Laertes]
-- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
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WHO ARE YOU?
An inquiry into beingness
"Who are you?"
This question was briefly mentioned in an episode of Babylon-5,
“Comes the Inquisitor”, in relation to the picking of the right
people to be in the right place at the right time. The question
has bearing for me because it leads up to "What do you want?"
The thinking is that if you know what you are, the consequences
will follow. There will not be any doubt, any fear or pain because
the flow of being makes you the one you are meant to be, and what
you want is set.
The main intent of the first question was to take away what you
had been given from others and to leave the being with an essence,
or at least with an understanding of it.
The question has haunted me for the last years, but in different
words: What do you want, why do you want it, and how do you get
it. The thought is that when you get finished with the first two,
the last will be easy, almost redundant--in the same way that
everything after what you are becomes redundant in Babylon-5.
But what are you? Think of it for a moment and wonder, first, if
you know it, and, second, if what you are is what you want to be.
I for one am never satisfied with what I am, and a large part of
my personal fight is to accept that what I am is much greater than
what I am being told and expected to be.
I have found out that what I am, in what shape it is or widens,
acts too much out of fear, too much in accordance with my percep-
tion of aspects and too little in reflection of what I feel
confident to think. There is a difference between what the
objective me thinks and what the subjective me does, and I try
my very best to be pure to that effect: to live my being, to
exist honest to whatever I am.
The question is, in a situation of unrest between thoughts and
actions, should I change the actions or address the thoughts and
patterns that make it difficult for me to change the actions? I
do not always know.
I have noticed that my problems in this regard must be addressed
as fast as possible because the longer I choose to live with the
unbalance between the objective and the subjective, the longer I
continue my discomfort, and the longer I get lost in a limbo of
almost and closer to a state of mind where the patterns of not
doing take away my actual possibility of choice. I don’t think
anyone judges themselves more harshly and more horrifically than
I in that regard, but what I see of patterns around me tells me
that this is not a dilemma that is mine alone.
A teacher tells me that I should feel free to ask, but ridicules
me if he thinks that the question is stupid. The objective is
destroyed by the subjective's post-reaction to fear. I am left
Another teacher talks to me about vision, but I can not see it.
The objective lives alone. The body remains untouched. A major
problem that I have encountered both in myself and in others is
the need, the want, the willingness for someone else to take the
choice, to take the action away, so that one is left in the safe
zone. I might not have thought enough of who I am, and whether I
act to my being. Or I might have thought too much in areas I
should have left alone and just lived.
I write things like this very often; it is my way of addressing
the issues around me... The lack of involvement, the lack of
personal ambition, or at least rebellion past the Saturday night
party. The lack of ethical judgment over oneself. The lack of
selfishness, the lack of extreme force that simply says; “I am,
and I want. My being and my existence should be the most important
thing to me. So why don’t I act like it? Why don’t I put myself
first? Is that something that I need to earn?”
I turn the question to you, without wanting any other reply than
the one you are willing to act upon. Who are you? What do you
want? Why do you want it? Do you live your want, your being? Do
you enhance and create your life by the choices you make, or are
you diminished by every thought you make because you move yourself
away from the choice?
I can’t answer my own questions, and it haunts me. I only know
that I don’t want to choose because of laziness, convenience,
guilt, fear or pain. I want to choose to be free, and I want the
freedom to be a celebration of living, a demonstration of values.
I wonder if at the end it comes down to emotions, but if they are
primary laws, and I act on them as a salve to hormones, am I
really free? Have I acknowledged who I am?
At the end Delenn, the character in the Babylon-5 episode, says
that she was life. I am not sure if if was a direct response to
the question, but I wonder to myself:
If I am life, what can I do to feel alive? To act my living. To
break the chains of doubt. What can I do to just be, to stop
haunting myself? That is the essence of being, a feeling of flow,
of majesty, of reason, respect and freedom.
That is who I am.
BJ is an economics student in
Renaissance. In his spare time he creates art.
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COMMENTS & FEEDBACK
Adam <mailto:email@example.com> writes:
If 126 bits of information constitutes consciousness, and our
unconcious is FAR FAR FAR greater, what is our will? From Freud,
to Einstein, to Spinoza, Schrodinger, Leibniz, each one of these
men discredited the concept of free will. I don't know why it's so
important to me, but the more I dwell on it, the stranger things
get... What's more is that even if we do will, our perceptions are
so limited consciously that we might as well not even have a will.
Win Wenger <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> responds:
As our perceptions increase, so do our perceived options, thus the
range over which "we"(?) exercise free choice, going "meta" to the
set of those choices. I don't think "we"(?) ever have totally free
will because even if we reach a state of omniscience and go meta
to all the choices there are, the set of all things over which we
exercise omniscience thereby has to increase to include whatever's
involved in that "meta."
Lacking the absolute on "free will" does not, however, relieve us
of responsibility for our choices made over the domain over which
"we"(?) have awareness. I don't think the debate can, in fact, be
over "free will"; rather, over identity - who am "I," who are
"you," who is "he," who are "we"? Who is it making these choices?
What is the sum total of the "I" who is making them?
Not only in terms of "I" including all conscious and unconscious
experiences I've ever had, a few of which are loosely organized
around a conscious self-identity and continuity and defined by the
choices I've actually made within that sense and borne the con-
In terms also of questions revolving around, am I me only because
communications between my ears are easier than communications
between sets of ears, defining "me" as a fairly intense eddy of
memes in an ocean of memes, many of which are self-organizing...?
Each of you is such an intense eddy of memes within that larger
ocean of memes where we can find fronts but no boundaries....??
- Win Wenger
In the June 2003 issue of
Effect" by Win Wenger.
Adam <mailto:email@example.com> writes:
Just to quickly say something. I read thru this one and really
thought it was great! It makes a great point...consideration of
causality is really lacking in most people (and there are reasons
for this)...I hate it when people say 'things just happen'.
In general this is something that has been on my mind for a while,
that people don't consider causes for things and are made to
believe 'things just happen'...It's very important to teach kids
to consider causes.
Thanks for writing that installment...
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