Since the comments on the last post started discussion in an interesting direction, and that post itself was on a comparatively lighter issue, I am putting them in a separate post along with my comments. Let’s shift the discussion here.
sometimes, I wonder that how people live different lives with different people. well, in such a case, the conclusions drwan ought to vary.One can be studious among toppers, a party animal for party people, a writer to the readers, etc. However, What do one think about oneself?
Sandeep | 02.09.05 – 10:39 am | #
very valid question Sandeep but before asking this one needs to ask if there is a “one” apart from all these facets or a man is just the sum of all the parts?
abhaya | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 2:59 pm | #
Abhaya: are you referring to the mask people wear? In my opinion, a man is indeed sum of all the parts. But, I’m not clear about the masked facets of which possibly no one would know. Or for that matter other maskes people wear to deceive others, for good or bad.
Sandeep | 02.09.05 – 4:16 pm | #
It need not be just a mask. The two different “you” may both be equally genuine. A rebel in the outside world, and an obedient child to the parents – if I am playing two roles, must one or possibly both of them be a mask? It can be, but it need not be. And if it isn’t a mask, in that case what is “I”? Is the self really something independent of the context? Or is it just a sum of all that? If I complain “nobody understands me”, what is it that I am complaining about? Nobody knows all aspects of mine? Or is there something different from all these aspects which nobody knows? If there is something different, independent of context, where does it come out? When I am alone? What do I do when I am alone? Do my assignments, recall some of the incidents of the day, curse some people for their stupidities, think appreciatively of some others (i.e. give judgement on the rest of the world), have some self-pity that nobody understands me?
What is this self? Must one think something about oneself? Isn’t it enough to remain happy with whatever one is to different people or in different contexts? Must all these manifestations of self be reconciled?