Most of us are functioning from a false persona that was handed down to us through trauma, through indoctrination, through social conditioning, and it's in solitude that you get to step outside of yourself, look back on your life and declare clearly that this is no reflection of who I really am.
I’m not a thing. I’m a net of interactions with the world around me, with the people who know me, who love me.
Where some people have a self, most people have a void, because they are too busy in wasting their vital creative energy to project themselves as this or that, dedicating their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like rather than actualizing their potentiality as a human being, a sort of “being” vs. having — that is, we do not “have” mind, we are simply mind. We are what we are.
— Bruce Lee
“A great way to understand yourself is to seriously reflect on everything you find irritating in others.” — Kevin Kelly, co-founder and Executive Editor of Wired Magazine
“The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self, or it is that in the relation that the relation relates itself to its own self; the self is not the relation but that the relation relates itself to its own self.” ― Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death