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Reflection 706


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A test of one's Self-awareness

A handy test of one’s Self-awareness is to take a walk and see who is walking. The difference between 1st-person walking and 3rd-person walking is both total and sharp: there are no intermediate kinds. Either I am wholly deceived and find a man in motion, or else I am wholly undeceived and find a world in motion. I can switch from one to the other frequently, but I can never mix them.

The real world-tour—a voyage of discovery full of surprise and interest—is consciously 1st-person. Understandably, this sort of travel is much more enjoyable than the other sort, since so much more of the world is involved. More remarkable is how it energizes: one seems tireless. The third effect is paradoxically, how much one observes. Attending only to the still 1st person here, I see the moving world also, very clearly; whereas attending only to the ‘still’ world there, I do little more than glimpse it. The world is, in fact, rather like a faint star—distinctly seen only through the corner of an eye that is looking elsewhere.

From The Face Game by Douglas Harding, page 233. 
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