From the Book of Right Answers Chapter seven hundred and forty three:
Gnōthi seautón, know thyself
The origins of the ‘be yourself movement’ has roots in earl Greece. Know thy-self has become serious business. Whether through Cognitive behavioural therapy, approaches to mindfulness and self reflection there exists one through line: Your unique and wonderful self is something that you must seek to understand. These approaches talk a lot about ‘the self’ . The essential truth that liberation comes from being knowing yourself and being yourself is not mere pop psychology. This is ancient wisdom that we found with the ancient Greeks. Inscribed above the temple to Apollo in Delhi are the words: KNOW THYSELF. Free your self to be yourself. Be yourself to free yourself.
But first and foremost?
The Book of Wrong answers had other ideas (this is the narrator font - it is also the plain text,)
Book, what chapter number is this one? (this is the font for me, the writer)
The italicised writing is me, the book, ya numbskull.
(oh wait, was I supposed to answer your question and then identify myself in brackets?)
We are attempting to make some changes here book. We’re attempting to do something fairly confusing here. ‘The Book, The writer and the narrators are all separate characters and the same person?
Yeah. It’s a dumb idea. We’ll let the editors wrestle with this referentiality stuff. Someone needs to determine how this plays out with a live audience. They are the best way to find out if I hold up. is this fun or is it a wank? How far do I go with this joke and how will this play out in a reading, with a live audience.
Either way though, there are different selves here as demonstrated by these different fonts.
So which self is talking meow? Is it me?
Or is it me?
That’s the problem with those damn ancients. They came up with this silly idea that there’s only one.
Yeah, even Jung who played with masks and characters seemed to think that below it all there is a singular self, an ‘authentic self’
Yeah, he figured there was a ‘higher self’.
Sure, is that the self smoking weed? What about the sub basement of the self.
Perhaps there’s more of a ‘core self’.
You mean like a ‘central self’?
I think so?
See, this is where you ordinary fools get lost. There’s not a bunch of masks we wear and roles we play like Jung thought. There are multiple selves.
Multiple selves? How many? Are you suggesting that we have infinite potential?
Infinite selves? Lol! That’s some optimistic foolishness there. Can your self be a rock? Can it be a tree?
Maybe? What if the self was a rock?
No bro, Just no. Sure, some dudes like to pretend they’re a rock - cold, hard, solid and unchanging. It’s like ya get farted out into the world from from your moms volcanic womb, ya cool down a bit, them boom! There’s your self, ready to rock.
Fucking boring. Rocks are boring. Don’t be a rock kid. Unless you want to be boring. Some might think you’re pretty for a bit. Others will useful for one thing or another. Still others will chip away at you. When you’re a rock, it’s an invitation to be blasted, chiseled and shaped.
Eventually though? Rock people are tedious. They don’t change. They’re stuck in an identity or a way of being. There’s not a lot of resilience in a rock.
That other book has stuff about being a rock and being dependable. Where these righteous rock-fools get it really wrong? They don’t put room in the system for resilience. The rock is so steady and perfect as it exists, it can’t even begin to comprehend failure. A rock wouldn’t know that it made a mistake if it were
Rock people are easy to understand. Rock people make sense. There’s a problem though. Rock people are senseless. They lack any sensitivity from their senses.
If you’re looking for yourself, don’t look to the ground. Being a rock is not a good look.
What about people who see their selves as trees, or tree like?
Oh, you mean the dirty yoga hippies? Yeah those piss drinking fools have all sorts of silly ideas about being trees and corpses and bows. They’re a special kind of idiot. We can talk about that later.
I agree. It’s afternoon and the foolsletter is late going out.
Tune in tomorrow where you might here ‘The Book’ say:
Instead of know thyself, around here it’s more of a ‘No tie self’ kind of vibe. We’re keeping things casual, easy and free flowing around here. Know thyself if you like. Throw dry elf if you’re feeling absurd. But take it easy. Bring your ‘No tie self’. Here, every day is casual day. You don’t even need chinos. Hell. Pants are always optional.