Attachment, Introspection, Late Night Thoughts, Memory, Observation, Self

A Late Night Thought on Knowing Ourselves

We have so many memories of ourselves to forget before we can know who we are.

5 thoughts on “A Late Night Thought on Knowing Ourselves”

  1. How can you know if you forget? You can not know what direction you have taken if you don’t know where you come from, as the saying goes. That is called “la sagesse populaire”, in my part of North America.


  2. How can you know yourself if you remember? It seems obvious that our past influences our present — perhaps even determines it. But our memories of who we are — those are not the same thing as our past, for the psychologists have discovered that human memory is not really what it merely appears to be — a record. It is more like an interpretation of events. So often, those interpretations must be forgotten or ignored for us to really see ourselves as we are in the present.


  3. From a psychoanalitic stand point you are right…but beware of psychologists and of their interpretations. Having had a profession with some of the basic training common with psychologists I know psychology is not an exact science and very often our findings is a projection of ourselves, most unwillingly and subcounciously of course.


  4. “Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone but only to his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky


  5. I agree. I think that who we are is beyond thought.
    What is normally referred to as consciousness is merely a very recent memory. As soon as we think we are stuck in the time lag of consciousness.
    If we can move past thought and experience the immediacy of existence I think we have removed the frame from our perspective and become part of the picture observed by our consciousness.


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