“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond and to know one’s self.”
Quotes are commonly shared on Twitter, Facebook and more.
But do we stop and take time to think carefully about them?
Mostly we do not.
Benjamin Franklin was an extremely smart guy.
Cue…taking more notice of what Benjamin Franklin (or other smart people) had to say than most people you know is probably a good idea.
So why did Benjamin Franklin say that self-awareness, self-knowledge is hard?
What do you think? Have you ever thought about the issue?
One reason we don’t know ourselves well is that our deep core is our unconscious mind/subconscious mind.
The deep mind is generally murky and unclear – trying to work out what is going on is like straining to see in a thick fog or howling blizzard.
Another reason we lack self-knowledge is that we are deeply programmed – subconsciously conditioned – to resist thoughts that we might be wrong and that our opinions could be incorrect. This conditioning is reinforced repeatedly through our childhood and on into adulthood.
A lack of genuine awareness of being LOVED by a ‘cosmic mind’ – ‘godlike mind’ – ‘spiritual force’ encourages suppression of knowing who we really are.
Look at it this way – and be honest – we all know that deep down we have some vile thoughts. Thoughts that are ‘top secret’ and that no other person must ever become aware of. For most of us, and understandably, our rotten thoughts are not something we want to dwell on, and we think that getting rid of them is impossible.
An awareness of being loved by a spiritual force enables frank and honest examination of ourselves and assists in clearing our minds of our mental garbage.
Think about the logic of what I have just said.
If you do not KNOW that you are loved with a deep awareness of it in your psyche, then you will not be able to face the intense trials of deep self-knowledge. I am not speaking of a faith type of ‘mental gymnastics’ such as practiced by many religious types; but a real experience. ‘Crises of faith’ occur among the religiously minded because faith by its nature is not built on knowledge and experience. Better to be a ‘knower’ than a ‘believer’.
There are other reasons why knowing oneself is hard for most people, however if you are not active in dealing with the areas above then you will not even get started.
Like most people.