As usual, thank you for reading along and watching.
That last blog would have been better as a lecture, or perhaps as an e-booklet, or something, and I’m still not sure I really made my point.
Back around the time I was born, there was a fellow by the name of Socrates, and he said,
“Man know thyself”
And that is the purpose of my study and the many blogs I have written.
Yes, one should study and learn whatever interests him, but not in lieu of learning and more importantly understanding himself, and learning how to know himself.
It is not enough and will never be to listen to someone tell you who and what you are, what you should think, or what you should or shouldn’t believe.
I’ll ask you,
“Have you met yourself? I mean, really met yourself?”
Sadly a person could live his whole life and never know himself, let alone know why.
Mark Twain once said,
“The two most important days in a person’s life is the day he was born, and the day he discovers why he was born!”
For all the many –ologies that profess to know Man, they simply do not, and if as erudite as they claim, would say they could never know you better than you. But they don’t.
Erudite means: having or showing great knowledge or learning.
And yet we leave all-knowingness to science.
The word science is derived from the Latin scientia meaning to know, and any scientific claim I’ve ever heard was always prefaced with,
“We are not sure, we really don’t know, but….”
This is not a rip on science per se, but it is on each of us for sitting back and allowing science to know us for us.
This is our job, our duty and while you might disagree, it really should be our life’s work…, what the Hell are we?
Think of the billions of people who have been killed by ignorance over these many millennia, and yet we really know nothing of Man.
Wouldn’t one want to know what he was killing before he killed it?
Think about this for a second or two, and not so much in terms of warfare, but simply in how we treat each other and the direction science has taken us these many decades. The Atom Bomb is a good example.
See what I mean?
There is so much more to health and wellness than performing a few push-ups and eating carrot sticks, plastic surgery, or bio-hacking….
Wouldn’t one want to know why he should or shouldn’t do these things, and if they will actually help him do better in life?
When one listens to the gurus or watches YouTube videos or the news, or Social Media, or even goes to the gym to do whatever the trainer demands, one really has to understand that there is so much to know about himself and Mankind, and with this in mind, one should ask himself,
“Can I use this?”
“Will this help me on my journey to know me?”
When one wants to improve himself or work on himself he would best focus on his virtue for this is what will create that which a person is, or might become.
Virtue is a behavior that shows or demonstrates high moral values, or better yet one’s own ethics that being his self-determination in promoting the survival of himself, his family, the groups he belongs to, and Mankind.
The Stoics said there are four virtues: Courage, Temperance, Wisdom, and Justice.
These would certainly work, and as one lives, learns and gains wisdom and knowledge he would be wise to bolster his virtue. Much of this in my opinion is driven especially in terms of survival, but also by a craving to know.
Many years ago, my dad told me that when he died he truly hoped someone would sit him down and explain what all this was about.
I truly hope he got his answer, and while fodder for many other blogs, I am not sure he liked the answer!
We are all certainly the authors of the universes we find ourselves in. If only having agreed that we are in a universe, right?
This is why I say all study and work should be in the direction of
“Man know thyself.”
There is only one salvation and that is your ability to know and understand. That’s all.
Should one not take the time to know that person he sees in the mirror each and every day, I’m really not sure what else there is to know, do you?
Alright, well let’s leave this blog at that, and as usual please feel free to comment and let me know if you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share.
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