He who knows himself has insight.
He who conquers men has force;
He who conquers himself is truly strong.
It is relatively easy to adopt ways of understanding people and the ways of the world, to learn to predict what others tend to do in certain circumstances. Yet cleverness and insight are not equal. I have seen especially clever people fail to understand themselves and see them struggle in marriages, with addictions, with any number of vices because they are unable to discern their own personalities and often fail to even consider the questions, “Who am I?” or “What defines me as a person?” or “Is the person I think I am the real person in control?”
Often there are motives in us as people that are stronger than we would ever realize and those motives pulsate a life of their own in our subconscious.
This isn’t where you will find those answers. I just read Lau Tsu and bring it to your attention, as I ponder what this means to me, and then reflect that no matter how many emotions, addictions, and psychosis define this suit of flesh, at the heart of me is a humble man who Loves with unconditional fervor and a loyal friend. This is who I am when all things are scraped away. Sometimes, those other things make the view difficult to understand, but they don’t erode the inner man that is ever present and defining my every move.
I hope you all find who you are, because I use to think I was just a product of my actions, unaware of the beauty obscured by those very motions. I now know the Divine “Me” and it is all I ever wanted to be.