Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

Aristotle (384 – 322 BCE)

( photo by Arina Reizvih )

THE END

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24 thoughts on “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

  1. ItMatterstoGrey says:

    So very true.

  2. Reblogged this on resplendentjane and commented:
    I love this. Motivates me to get off my butt at this exact moment and stop zoning. Thank you for sharing, Otrazhenie.

  3. Shukran says:

    This is the base for being human being. However, according to who’s value we are to know ourselves. My personal values would take your freedom away and yours personal values mine, someone else’s from both of us. İn the mean time evaluating ourselves with the value of any creation like us, including ourselves would automatically destroy freedom, equality and justice. İs it not?

    • Otrazhenie says:

      Hm, how would your personal values take my freedom away or my personal values take your freedom away? Also, is ‘knowing’ the same as ‘evaluation’?

      • Shukran says:

        İf I have to arrange basis of my life order according to yours or visa verse, would not it make one obeying the other. Don’t we have to have a base life order that we all can stand on it free and equal to be able to agree to build the rest individual and social needs that also must be agreed justly.

      • Otrazhenie says:

        Why would you need to arrange basis of your life in according to mine or vise verse? How would my strive to understand myself influence you and vise verse? What is the ‘base life order’ and how would our strive to understand ourselves influence it?

      • Shukran says:

        Use of ‘you and I’ is figurative, for sure. Are we not bombarded with information of our parents values first, then social values that involves many aspects of life? Do not we shape ourselves ‘who we are’ only adding on those ‘our individual characteristic values’ and say ‘I am’? So, am I really who am I that I think I am?
        One way or the other, we are following a life order to be able to carry on living in harmony within ourselves and within our surroundings. Do we not have shared and clashed values that causes us to have friends and enemies?
        According to whose values we decide, who is right and who is wrong’. People who think like us are friends the the others are not. Do we not influence each other and want others to be like us? So, where are the freedom, equality and justice go?

      • Otrazhenie says:

        By having a close look at ourselves, we are able to examine potential biases we got from our families and cultural environment. That enables us to get a better understanding of our true human nature common to all human beings – our HUMANness, that forms the basis of HUMANity, oneness, equality and justice.

      • Shukran says:

        What you say is plausible and I can only wish that every single one of us do this. Unfortunately, situations the world in today indicate that there are very few of us who do:(((

      • Otrazhenie says:

        May be, because only a few people in the world are trying to understand themselves and other people? Like you, I can only wish every single one of us did that instead of continually spreading damaging viruses of the mind, violence and hatred 😦

  4. harvestmuse says:

    Excellent. Thank you.

  5. pabloax2020 says:

    Simple, but powerful statement.

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