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Consider the ancient imperative 'Know Yourself' - To what extent might different ways of knowing help us as individuals and communities to achieve this goal?

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Jessica Na Consider the ancient imperative 'Know Yourself'. To what extent might different ways of knowing help us as individuals and communities to achieve this goal? How can knowledge help us to know or understand ourselves? Can knowledge that we only get in school help us to achieve this goal? What other ways of knowing help us as individuals and communities to achieve this goal? The truth is that, the knowledge we only get in school is not enough to achieve the goal to know ourselves. In school we learn different subjects as math and science. In school, the idea is to make us think; we hear or read something and we apply it to what we know or think we know. By taking various courses and lessons, we find out what we are good at, what we aren't good at, and what interest us. In school we learn to interact with people, our teachers and our friends. School teaches us discipline and self-awareness. We have to be on our own in school and there are no parents to guide us and to tell us the right thing to do. Soon or later, we have to think for ourselves and take the right decision. ...read more.


However, some people have troubles in communicating. Some of them can't really express how they feel. This can be caused by where they live in or what their childhood were like. For example, from where I come from, Indonesia, some of the people are really introverts. They do not talk about how they feel and they are really quiet. When they move to a Western country, they might have problem adapting to the new surrounding, as Western people are more of an extrovert than an introvert. They might have problems learning the new language as well. This is why I think communication and language is an important way of learning, but we can't rely entirely on language because everytime we translate a language to another language, the word value and meaning would be different. Emotions. We have our own emotions, which reflects how we really feel inside. It is an interaction of our heart and the brain; one is dependant on the other. For example one with a mentally ill brain would have problems expressing his/her feelings. Because we are different from each other, we have different emotions. Like some people will think that killing ant is mean and some people wont even bother to think about it. ...read more.


Like a saying "Best friends know you more than you do", I think it is possible to ask friends what kind of person we are, as they might know something about ourselves that we don't even realize. And besides of knowing ourselves better, we can change our bad habits and become a better person. When I combine what I think or feel, with my emotions, it will help me to understand more about who I am. All these ways of knowing makes up our personality. We have different perceptions, language and emotions, and that's what makes us different from each other. By all these different factors, we know our personality; if we are introvert, extrovert, temperamental, patient, etc. By exploring ourselves, we will know and understand ourselves better. Knowing ourselves, is knowing what we like, what we don't like, what we are good at, and what we aren't good at. It's finding out the answers to the BIG question, "How can I serve? What can I do?" Thus when we know ourselves, we can serve man and help others and communities to know this. We are all given talents and abilities, some that we inherited from our parents. We are different from other people and we don't need to be ashamed of that because we are all unique individuals. Word Count : 1,281 1 ...read more.

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