Words: "Know Yourself"



If you want your life to have meaning, make every word you say and every action you take meaningful.

Most people go through life without knowing much about themselves - not about their bodies, not about their thoughts, feelings, or behaviour, and this despite the fact that the adage "Know Yourself" has existed for decades and centuries. In fact, every generation is familiar with this saying, but in reality, only few people will grapple with it. Namely, over time, these words have sunk into the network of collective memory and become part of stored information - the information that is passed on and repeated, automatically, superficially, and without deeper understanding. In fact, when personal insight is missing, any transferred information resembles a carpet of algae that covers the surface of a lake for so long that the lake below is forgotten.


Because of this, even advice such as "Know Yourself" (which can be considered the most important for personal development and which arose to encourage people to find out who they really are) become distorted and meaningless, like idle chatting or mindless greetings on the street. When words are mindlessly repeated, they do not convey the original meaning, and their insignificance and banality mostly drives the equally empty and insignificant response. Similarly, even when the spoken words have a deeper meaning or when they are filled with the energy of true emotions and wisdom, due to the "mental absence" that the average person cultivates, the abundance hidden in the transmitted words is not always perceived. With this, the verbal transmission of meaningful information often fails at both ends, similar to an e-mail that is sent without content or ends in a junk folder, and is therefore never opened.


In the modern world, where speech is admired more than silence, it is of great importance to give real value to the spoken and written word. However, this value should be measured by the content and intention of the words, and not just by their form and aesthetics. This is all the more important because of the potency that every word possess.


Although it cannot be denied that people understand the power that words convey (the entire industry and human relationships are based on this knowledge), most of the time they use it to manipulate others and maintain their own ego. While the way in which this is done varies from person to person and largely depends on personal ability to use language tools, the main goal is the same for all - words are used to strengthen the position of one's ego. Over time, this aspect of communication has grown in the art, that is fancy called negotiation strategy, and is applied in all interpersonal relationships as in private, so in professional and political.


Speech and language are increasingly becoming a means of manipulation, attack and humiliation.

When words become a tool for winning the game instead for mutual understanding, people start using them as verbal weapons. Thus, those who lack eloquence often fill their words with aggressive energy to compensate for deficient verbal fluidity, while those who are rhetorically strong usually use a stream of words that obscures the interlocutor and hides the true intention. Even the structure of language or grammatical rules, developed solely for the purpose of clearer communication, are increasingly losing their original role, with the rules themselves becoming more important than the message they were supposed to convey.


Therefore, speech and language are increasingly becoming a means of manipulation, attack and humiliation. However, the impact of such a change in communication culture is only visible when one enters a wordless space, whereby it also becomes clear what role the ego and the conditioned mind play in this shift.


There, in this wordless space, the stillness and silence are ruling, the conditions that are unfamiliar and frightening for most people. Namely, the average urban dweller is in a constant process of consumption - exposed to the sounds of the world that never sleeps, artificial light that diffuses the darkness of the night, information that penetrates the barriers of the senses, and constant images, thoughts and emotions, that obscure the mind. Food and clothing have become commodities that can be pursued at every step and in quantities that exceed the body's needs, leading to loss of gratitude and respect for that what was once essential for survival.


Due to this abundance that pervades them, people have become unaccustomed to stillness and silence, and therefore experience their restless and hyperactive state as a natural and the only way of existence.

Due to this abundance that pervades them, people have become unaccustomed to stillness and silence, and therefore experience their restless and hyperactive state as a natural and the only way of existence. And yet, the inner hollowness, which often feels like a deep and inexplicable sadness, persists even when life seems to be going well. Still, that does not convince people that they may be wrong about their assumption considering nature of existence. Even more, this inner hollowness triggers the desire for further consumption of anything that can bring pleasure. This creates a vicious circle in which most people find themselves today. Namely, the average modern man leads the life of an addict and differ from other people only in what he is addicted to, while the mechanism behind the addiction is always the same.

Ignorance and lack of deep knowledge prevent people from seeing the way out of that circle and create in them a false belief that the only cure for suffering is the further accumulation of tangible and intangible goods.


"Knowing yourself" is therefore not an assimilation of the collective memory that is passed on from generation to generation, but rather a rock that shatters all cultural conditioning.

Such a view of life also leads to the devaluation of human nature, which is expressed every time the words "I am only a human" are uttered. These words are usually used as a justification for any wrongful behavior, and also implies the existence of the belief that man is inherently sinful. For this reason, the advice "Know Yourself" becomes even more important and must be understood as a call to immerse yourself in the essence of life so that the answer can be revealed as a direct and personal experience. "Knowing yourself" is therefore not an assimilation of the collective memory that is passed on from generation to generation, but rather a rock that shatters all cultural conditioning.

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