The Trouble with “Finding Yourself” – Brain Pickings

The Trouble with “Finding Yourself”

“The self is a style of being, continually expanding in a vital process of definition, affirmation, revision, and growth, a process that is the image, we may say, of the life process of a healthy society itself.”

The Trouble with “Finding Yourself”

“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” 30-year-old Nietzsche wrote in his treatise on how to find yourself. And yet in the century and a half since, a curious dissonance has begun to reverberate across culture: On the one hand, we have grown increasingly fixated on the self as the focal lens for interpreting the world — a fixation which Ian McEwan so brilliantly satirized and which has precipitated today’s tragic epidemic of militant identity politics; on the other hand, the rise of neuroscience has demonstrated again and again that the self we experience as so overwhelmingly real — the psychophysiological raft of experience through which we float along the river of life — is a sensory-perceptual byproduct of consciousness, completely illusory in its solidity

https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/06/07/robert-penn-warren-democracy-poetry-finding-yourself/?utm_source=Brain+Pickings&utm_campaign=dd346b96bf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_179ffa2629-dd346b96bf-236955109&mc_cid=dd346b96bf&mc_eid=5fce77ef09

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