Three Self Portraits

17 01 2012

Leap. (Click for better quality)

I’ve always been fascinated with this idea of the Self.

What is the self? Does it exist independent of the Other – is it something self contained, an organic creation from within? Or does its existence depend on interactions with the external world?

Still Movement. (Click for better quality)

Self knowledge, I think, is one of the most important forms of knowledge to acquire. Forget trying to stay up to date with all that’s happening in the world – you’ll drown in it. And what’s the point of understanding something else, if you can’t even understand yourself? What is the value of knowledge if you can’t approach it as your own distinct self, with your own values, beliefs and ideals?

Ready. (Click for better quality)

Anyway, in this post you will have seen three self-portraits. They all say something about me – at least I think they do. For those who know me, which portrait do you think best captures the essence of me? Let me know!

 

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Identity. Leadership.

14 09 2011

I bough a book just this past weekend titled Who Are We? And Should it Matter in the 21st Century?, by Gary Younge.

I was looking for a thoughtful book – a discussion, not a recount – something which would tie in politics and society together in a broad exhilarating sweep, rather than something that burrows deep into a specific topic. Most of all there had to be movement – and I think I’ve found the right book.

The book explores the concept of identity. Who are we? What is/are your identity/ies?  I haven’t read enough of the book yet, but already there seems to be all sorts of links between identity and everything else!

Take leadership, for example. We had a leadership workshop today and I came across this quote:

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.            – Warren Bennis

Becoming a leader. Becoming yourself. Yourself = your identity.

Becoming yourself…is simple yet difficult. Determining what your identity is, and coming to terms with your identity…is simple yet difficult.