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The ability to understand the self is not an innate ability. People learn how to act through examples of others and by testing limits. Change is hard, often because it is scary. This fear stems from fear of the unknown or being different.
Make it Easier to Change
Exposure, to other ways of doing and thinking is a beneficial reality check. Changing perception is vital for societal growth. Also, it can broaden options, encourage empathy, and reduce ego-centric tendencies .
Humans come into the world
dependent. Blame biology.
The Necessary Ego
As complex, sentient, conscious beings, most p.eople learn to develop internal safety features.. Thus, ego develops and becomes stronger based on individual experiences.
Developmentof the "I"
Growing up dependent, while having restrictions placed by others, is not always cool for the individual. Eventually, the self becomes defined within our minds. We begin to see subjectively.
This is the "I".
Many people think that they have little choice, when it comes to their initial lot in life. For some, this is true. For others, they understand that there are always options.
Those that feel that they always have choices, they were either taught to view the world with an open mind... or maybe they too, are familiar with the German philosopher Martin Buber
Before going on first consider how you see the rest of the world...
Do you consider the other strangers in the world, individually as 'they' or 'it'?
Or do you consider the individual, as 'you'?
Do you think about what you can get from people, specifically strangers? Are you focused on independent, goal, or objective solutions?
Alternatively, do you often take time to consider the person? Do you consider each person is just another person, as similar to you?
Pick: Empathy or Opportunity.
These are some base references for the 'I THOU' relationship.
Learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy.
There's no escaping it. People have no problem seeing from their internal "I" space.
Seeing through another's eyes though? Seeing through EYES of another vs. "I" of the self is sometimes uncomfortable. However, growth is rarely pleasant.
And... the truth is, seeing beyond stuff, opportunity, and position can lead to honest, transparent, and truly magical moments of pro-social communication. This is much needed for the self, and society as well.
“If a man with a triangular front and a polygonal back were allowed to exist and to propagate a still more Irregular posterity, what would become of the arts of life?”
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