galveston island

14Mar07

galveston island, originally uploaded by jillhudgins.

 

It is not good for our efforts at self-realization to know the opinions other people have of us. It is difficult or perhaps impossible to be ourselves if we are known.

‘What others think’ –Eric Hoffer

 

Someone who has recently been an inspiration for me is Eric Hoffer. Sometimes called ‘the longshoreman philosopher,’ I find his writings insightful and affecting. From Wikipedia: “Hoffer drew confidence and inspiration from his modest roots and working-class surroundings, seeing in it vast human potential … [he believed] that fanaticism and self-righteousness are rooted in self-hatred, self-doubt, and insecurity. As he described in The True Believer, a passionate obsession with the outside world or with the private lives of other people is merely a craven attempt to compensate for a lack of meaning in one’s own life.”

 

 

 

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