Identity

March 23rd, 2018

Group Reading

“The theory of books is noble. The scholar of the first age received into him the world around: brooded thereon; gave it

the new arrangement of his own mind, and uttered it again.

One- It came into him, life; it went out from him, truth.

All- It came to him, short-lived actions; it went out from him, immortal thoughts.

One- It came to him, business; it went from him, poetry.

All- It was dead fact; now, it is quick thought.

One- It can stand, and it can go.

All- It now endures, it now flies, it now inspires

One- Precisely in proportion to the depth of mind from which it issued, so high does it soar, so long does it sing.” ~

Excerpt from “The American Scholar” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Quotes & Readings

“There are some philosophers, who imagine we are every moment intimately conscious of what we call our Self; that we feel its existence and its continuance in existence; and are certain, beyond the evidence of a demonstration, both of its perfect identity and simplicity…”(309a)
“If any impression gives rise to the idea of self, that impression must continue invariably the same, through the whole course of our lives’ since self is supposed to exist after that manner. But there is no impression constant and invariable.” ~ David Hume, Treatise on Human Nature

“We create our sense of self by merging our fragmented thoughts in a coherent conception of our being.”

~ Kilroy Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Between who you once were, and who you are becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place; dance to the tunes of life with great new knowledge.” ~ Kemmy Nola

Seed of Openness

““When you get your,’ Who am I?’, question right, all of your, ‘What should I do?’ questions tend to take care of themselves.” ~ Richard Rohr

Say together: With an open and curious sense of myself and the world, I continue the adventure of living.

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