"The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living"

Socrates said that, throwing down the gauntlet in a rather confrontational way.  I would say that the desire to actually discover what makes one tick is a very rare thing indeed.  Most people avoid it like the plague because they have a dreadful fear of what they'll find and are almost certain that the reality will not match up to the facade they present to themselves and the world.  Of course they are right.  Exploring the inner workings of your mind, heart, and soul is rather like exploring the Amazon jungle naked with your eyes closed.  Anything could happen.  I had no clue what went on "under the hood" so to speak, and no desire to learn.  However, Manic Depression presented me with an ultimatum - learn or die.  The voyage - 16 years of therapy - was mostly about trudging through mud.  Learning about yourself is inevitably a disappointment.  However, it does provide you with all the tools you could ever need to become the person you think you are, and wish to be.   
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
1 Response Jul 14, 2007

False facades rarely hurt those to whom they are presented as much as they hurt their wearers. Lying to oneself about the true nature of one's importance (or more frequently, the lack thereof) may work for awhile, but eventually, its weight will exact a price.