Friday, October 15, 2010

Know Thy Self

 In a world where social networking, chatting, and role playing games are becoming more popular, gets me thinking about the old adage: "Know thy self and be divine." A simple statement and it should be easy to know thy self, after all, you spend every moment of your life with yourself. I recently read a critic who stated that too many people are more interested in creating online profiles than they were in creating a true self identity. There are always critics complaining about modern advancement and lamenting about the supposed good old days. There was never a time when people did not create a profile or a persona to play in public. In nearly every social situation people have they wear masks to enable them to survive in public and private life.
Proof in this is the Shakespearean quote: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.."
So the idea that people have been creating profiles, or parts, to play before others is nothing new. The problem was not caused by social networking. The question is this: is it wrong to play a role for others and is having a true self really that important? I answer that both are important. It matters not if another person knows the real you. It serves no purpose, but to disillusion that person. It would expose your weaknesses to the world. But, it is important for you to know your real self that way you know how to disguise your weaknesses with a public mask. Nobody is interested getting to know another human being, they are only interested in watching the drama of life play out before their eyes. You cannot have dramas without actors and you can't act without pretending. Know your self and know what others want from you. Play the part that others want from you and in this your true self will never suffer ridicule.
As to the technophobe, who believes that creating an online profile is bad, I say to hell with him. Social networks and the Internet are but mere reflections of things that have always been. 

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