Knowing yourself

Socrates said that to lead a meaningful live, you must know yourself.

While that maxim sounds easy, it is incredibly difficult. Alain de Botton likens our mind to an enormous house with thousands of rooms that has been plunged in darkness. Most of these rooms are bolted shut due to fear. We are holed up in a cupboard in one of the house’s attics. Our consciousness serves as a little torch in our hand. To know ourselves is to find our way around this house.

The mindful among us are the ones who have learnt to wield that torch and navigate this cavernous maze.

Inspiration: Alain de Botton

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