Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The difference between self-awareness and self-consciousness

The modern ego "is more concerned with the way it appears in others’ eyes than with learning fully about itself and admitting its troubles fearlessly. The romantics were introspective too, . . . but they did not fear being wrong, nor being ridiculous, nor being taken in." — Michael Murray, Jacques Barzun: Portrait of a Mind, 2011.
See how I'm not very much concerned how this blog appears in others' eyes? My theme that I want to share with you was spoken by William James in The Social Value of the College-Bred:
Real culture lives by sympathies and admirations, not by dislikes and disdain—under all misleading wrappings it pounces unerringly upon the human core.
Of which you are a pure example.

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