Dawn: A History of Myself

Dawn: A History of Myself

Dawn: A History of Myself

Dawn: A History of Myself

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THE AVERAGE earthling, as I have reason to know, has frequently the greatest hesitation in revealing the net of flesh and emotion and human relationship into which he was born and which conditioned his early efforts at living and too often his subsequent place in life and society. I am free to say here and now that I am in no way troubled by any such thoughts or feelings. In the recital that is about to follow, I think it will be obvious that I am moved only by motives of analysis which are as honest and sympathetic as I hope to make them revealing.

I can feel sorry for him who is so fearful of life and so poorly grounded in an understanding of things that he is terrorized lest someone discover that his uncle was a horse thief or his sister a prostitute or his father a bank-wrecker, but I cannot sympathize with his point of view. What has that to do with me, an individual has a right to ask himself? And if he has sufficient consciousness of individuality, it has nothing to do with him. If he is over-influenced by conditions in which he finds himself, at birth or later, then, of course, they have a great deal to do with him, though it does not follow that they are a cause for shame. It is as necessary at times to cut away from wealth and social tradition or feelings of social superiority or inferiority as it is from poverty and seeming disgrace. The world has been a long time learning this, but it is true. One does not make one's relatives or oneself or the world. The most interesting thing one can do is to observe or rearrange or explain, if possible.

I will not say that this is a true record. It must substantiate itself. It is--as they say in law-- to the best of my knowledge and . . .

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