Friday, August 26, 2005

Web of Perception

I perceive myself and I am perceived by others, but the perception of others is only perceived by me and then applied as part of my self-perception. “Feeling good about yourself” has been fashionable of late. The expression is vulgar but telling. My perception of myself is the only innate component of my self-appraisal, even though the perceived and imported perceptions of others form an enormous, if not the greater, part of it. I have also recognized that my perception of others becomes part of their perception of themselves, and of me. We live in an incredible web of it, and each of us is inextricably woven into it.

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