Monday, June 17, 2013

What They Said: Me and Everybody Else

By JccKeith

“Just be yourself.”

It sounds like a fairly plain and simple thing to do.  Just be you.  Don’t worry about what others are doing or thinking.  Worry about what you are doing and thinking.  The problem is, how do you be, just you? 

You are made up of pieces of everyone else.  Your thoughts and your reactions are based on your experiences with everyone else in this world.  What you have seen, what you have heard, what you have participated in have all made you who you are.  These things have shaped your personality and your perception.

I bring this up to point out that we are all made up of the same things just in different arrangements.  We are all part of the same basic group.  There are profound differences in our realities based on our perception and preconceived notions but at our core we are all the same.  As members of humanity we share a bond.  So you can be just you but always remember that you are part of a greater whole.

As John Donne put it so wonderfully:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; 
It tolls for thee. 

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