Peaceful independence, opposition, and resistance
Discovery of self arises from a process of classification, at least in part. This is as simple as a dictionary definition on the surface, dividing into families and then distinguishing with similarities and differences. I am a self in the family of human beings.
This alone does not distinguish me, but similarity and difference are needed to reveal what makes me unique.
I am similar to humans who value:
I am different from humans who value:
Binaries are seldom reality, but on a spectrum, I would place myself with the first set. I see in these comparisons that which I am, and that which I oppose. If I only gaze fondly at the values I cherish, and do nothing else, I waste my time. If I hold to my values while checking what I am up against, I am more prone to action.
For example, I can practice empathy while supercharging my work by fighting indifference. I have two fronts that I can battle on.
This is a useful exercise in identifying your values and identity, and a means of finding action.
What do people who you like value, and what do antagonists value? Write down some ideas in both categories for 5 or 10 minutes. How do your actions align with what you value and what you oppose? Should your actions be changed? Discover, or perhaps change, your self.
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By Darin L. Hammond
Writer for ZipMinis and owns ZipMinis Freelance Writing. Darin Publishes across the web on sites like Technorati, BC Blog, Blog Critics, Broowaha, Demand Media Studios, and Social Media Today. Google
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