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Self Discovery

In Uncategorized on March 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

“Know Thyself” This is the single most important lesson that I keep realizing quite often but never has managed to internalize. (Quoting Matrix “There is difference between knowing the path and walking the path”). In a nutshell, knowing thyself I believe has two components (the yin and yang of it): our ability to search inward and our ability to doubt ourself and the reality that we perceive. Strangely these two forces ( our beliefs and our doubts ) tangos around in a mysterious manner to form an extraordinary dance. These thoughts/doubts are quite profound and has bothered many of the best minds for centuries. I think it is a good and essential thing in process of self-discovery.

Element of doubt is very fundamental to us. Without doubt we will become dogmatic, horrible and insensitive people ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7br6ibK8ic ) . Life is like driving in a non-illuminated and non-familiar road at night with only your headlines turned on. You only see the immediate vicinity, and only has the vague memory of the path you have traced so far. In my mind I treat my life as a search for beauty; and climax moments are the ones which bring extreme gratification and suffering in this search [ and both again is essential for the other to exist].

It is really funny what one can discover by searching inward. I think almost all human discovery is courtesy our ability to search inward and explore our own self. For example Einstein was able to re-write our understanding of fabric of space and time by searching inward. One of his early leads to theory of relativity was a simple thought experiments that he is moving at the same speed of light and he wondered how he will perceive light. It was an extremely first-person cause and effect imagination the he channelized to build into his radical theory of special|general relativity.

The funny part is that; though I have made only these mental models, I am bad student and hypocrite who does not listen to myself and engage in the hard-task of self-searching.