The thesis of
seminal and brilliant work The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing
Who You Are
alludes to how we are (and there's no explanation for it, other than
we're thrown to be this way) likely to favor and promote
and pass down (as in bequeath) a
which will educate us (sometimes unknowingly) in almost anything and
everything except the experience of
who we really are.
It's more than that actually. It's
unerringly asserts) there's what's tantamount to a taboo
who we really are,
set securely in place in society. And
book gloriously and mischievously does such violence to this taboo that
anyone who reads it can never be the same again afterwards.
When you think about it (and if you haven't done so already, then pause
to think about it now for a moment), isn't it amazing, isn't it
baffling that we can do anything at all
who we are?
How can we do anything successfully if we don't know the
being we are? Well ... obviously we can ... and clearly we do ... but
that's no defense, that's no argument for continuing to do what we do
without knowing the being we are. Rather, the evidence of
the consequences of doing what we do without knowing the being we are,
is the shape
in today and the shape our lives are in today. We
on the edge of a chasm, we
at the side of an abyss between the way
is, and what's possible for
... and if we tell the truth about it, we're not even close to living
what's possible for us human beings on
Not ... even ... close! And we
all know this at some level, yes?
Wherever we go, there we are (as Thomas à Kempis
may have said). Yet wherever we go and wherever we are and whatever we
do, we don't know
who we are.
That same ignorance of
who we really are,
that same ignorance
proclaims is held in place by a societal taboo, underpins all our
actions - and will underpin all our future actions ... all
our future actions, that is until the taboo is vanquished.
We can go and have gone to the
we can go and have gone to the depths of the deepest oceans, we can
climb and have climbed to the peaks of the highest mountains. And I for
one, am among the first to be blown away, touched,
and inspired by these massive accomplishments. It's more than that for
me, actually. It's in
these, man's greatest accomplishments, that I get direct access to ie
I'm inspired by the possibility of my own life's true greatness. But
here's the thing: when we get to the
when we reach the depths of the deepest oceans, when we've climbed to
the peaks of the highest mountains, what's less than stellar is the
likelihood that what we've taken there is the ignorance
of, is the always not knowingwho we really are.
So what's true is this: wherever you go, there you are ... or
not ... as the case may be.