Sociologist Erving Goffman, through this lovely illustration below, draws in from Shakespeare’s iconic line –
“The whole world is a stage”
And elaborates on a demonstration of the various masks we wear in our daily lives and how there isn’t really a “true self.” The self is someone who orchestrates and coordinates between these different roles we play but doesn’t exist in any form that can be described, even when we are alone.
Kahlil Gibran, on this topic, talks to his aspirational self and says:
“My path is not thy path, yet together we walk, hand in hand.”
His dialogue is an effort to isolate the very real conflict that all of us experience at some point, if not always- being able to differentiate who we really are from what our societal, external self has become. The elusive yet everlasting inquiry into knowing where we end and where our environment begins.
Dwell further on this topic by reading The Proof Of Evolution
Video by BBC
What is the proof of evolution? Is it just how our physical bodies have evolved, which is similar to any other animal or living being, or is it also how our conscience that has grown so beautifully over time?
I feel not enough number of people spend time dwelling in introspection and really knowing themselves. Whilst we are taught about the whole world, we aren’t taught enough about ourselves.
This differentiates great men from mediocre men. If you find yourself bucketed into a certain type of personality then that is your proof of not being evolved. It’s primitive to be too aggressive, too polite, too shy and any other extreme emotion. One should be able to find a balance and be a mirror to the other person. But the key to mirroring another person is not letting their characteristics override your own but to show them who they really are through yourself. This is truly an art and one very few have mastered. The caveat however to learning this art is truly being one with yourself because it is only when we are devoid of insecurities that we can start to be someone who’s evolved past others.
So how do you do this? Or more importantly why would you do this? The human mind and its potential is so vast that it seems a pity to restrict it to being just one person when you can be so many. The challenge however is in the transition, the seamless transition between all those reflections that you have mirrored as well as your own unique renditions of a personality basis your personal experiences. Maybe its only with the combination of these reflections and renditions that we can become one whole person, the most perfect and unique version of our own selves.
To only think about the kind of world humans would then exist in, where there would be no extremism but just shades. Millions and millions of shades of personalities having formed from absorbing various cultures and mind-sets and continuing to form various more. That would be a state of Utopia, well at least for me anyway.
It troubles me to see such limited personalities, highly intelligent people with the least amount of emotional intelligence. When someone says to me “I don’t know why..” it makes my skin crawl. How can a person not know why? Because in fact we all do know why but its deep-seated under denial and excuses and insecurities.
I don’t know if I’ve mastered this art but i am aware of it and that for me is a step in the right direction.
In conclusion, I think
The human mind has evolved far more than the human body and its only by truly knowing one’s self can we tap into its infinite potential.
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