It is amazing to me how far we have come technologically, yet we are still so far away from being able to record experiences with any degree of accuracy. It is the experiences that we have that make us who we are, our identities. And so it goes to reason that who we are can never be conveyed to another person or individual with any degree of accuracy.
There will always be gaps.. pieces of the puzzle missing so as to prevent anyone from seeing a clear picture of who you are, both inside and out. The people around you the most will (should) have the fairest ideas about who you are overall; but even they woun’t have all the information. There will always be little details about your personality, your dreams, and your fears that no one will ever be aware of, simply because they reside nowhere but within your own mind.
I have just finished reading The Book.. On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It comes as close as I can imagine to a book that helps its reader truly understand the concept of existence, our world, and our “purpose in it”.
I must admit that I have had an affair with such ideas and philosophies for a very long time – and this perhaps makes the content and context of the book easier for me to grok than it would others – but it is worth the effort. If there is anything worth doing in this world, I would image that understanding who you are, and understanding why you have the experiences and knowledge that you do, in contrast to the experiences and knowledge of others around you, to be of utmost significance and importance.
I have written a few articles under various pseudonyms over the years that explore the very concepts explained in this book, but have never really come across a published work that summarized these thoughts as clearly and succinctly as I would have liked, until now.
If you have any capacity or motivation to understand the world you live in, and you are able to free yourself (your mind) from the conditioning of your environment and your up-bringing, even for a moment, then I suggest you take the time read this book.
If you are not very familiar with Eastern or Western philosophy to begin with, then the ideas in this book may be difficult to grasp. Nevertheless, once you’ve had a chance to explore the basics of such ideas in other writings, you would do well to circle ’round and come back to this marvelous treasure.
Sometimes it’s so difficult to explain something so simple. It’s not actually difficult to explain, but the person trying to understand needs to clear their mind of all preconceptions and assumptions in order to attain greater understanding.