Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Uniqueness of Self

Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Uniqueness of Self

Article excerpt

"Know thyself" is one of the wisest statement ever uttered. Who said it first is open to debate. Plutarch gives the credit to Plato. Others have ascribed it to Pythagoras. Still others say Socrates and some suggest Solon. Actually, it doesn't really matter. The important things is for us to recognize and accept the validity of this basic wisdom. Only then can we become wholly integrated men and women.

Centuries later Shaskpeare wrote "to thine own self be tree" and I believe that this powerful statement logically follows after the cogent statement to "know thyself."

If we are to accomplish this, however, we must gladly recognize. accept, and ever revel in our freedom to do so. Yes, dear friends, we are free to become the men and women that in our very best moments we really want to be. I repeat, we all have the capability to be psychologically free.

It is strictly up to us. It is our own decision. We are free. Glory in your freedom!

And now to the most wonderful thing of all. You are unique. There is no one in all the universe like you. Rejoice in your uniqueness.

One of America's finest writers was William Saroyan and I have been "hooked" on his writing since I read "The Time of Your Life" in 1940 at the age of 15. In fact, I carried his books with me to war and read and reread them by flashlight in my zipped-up bag on the front lines of France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany.

I was delighted, therefore, when I read that one of Saroyan's friends once remarked to him that Saroyan was a genius. …

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