I THINK, THEREFORE I AM is a famous phrase associated with philosopher Rene Descartes. It has been quoted throughout the ages as humanity ponders its existence. While searching for a word beginning with "I" it is this single letter in the quotation that stands out in my mind and causes me to examine what it means to be me.
How else would I preface every thought and sentence that I utter? It is, after all, all about me. As my baby picture shows, I was born an individual and I am not a "we". No one can see things exactly as I do from my wide-eyed perspective.
How different this world would be if every sense of self were abandoned for the global we. We would function more efficiently like bees in a hive working for a greater good. But it is the "I" in me that delights in its uniqueness. And although I think I am separate from others, I suspect trickery conceals that I am but a tiny droplet connected to one big sea.
Perhaps the "I" in me is part of the grander "we". But right now I am the star of my own reality tv show. And although my story is not the same as yours it is likely somewhat similar. That could be why most of us can relate to the twists and turns and ups and downs in Dr. Seuss's book: Oh, the Places You'll Go interpreted brilliantly by Burning Man 2011.
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