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October 02nd, 2014
This is for one of my friends with whom I have had numerous discussions about identity:
"I am not my moods and thoughts, my beliefs or my social roles and status. All of these are powerful aspects of myself. They possess a temporary, partial reality. But they are too arbitrary, too conditioned and too ephemeral to constitute Selfhood. Nor can I identify myself with my sensations, my desires, my fears, my pleasures and my pains. Passing emotional states, however intense, are uncertain foundations for a true sense of identity . . . I may say I am victim, lover, judge, hunter, artist, priest, father, mother, child, clown or trickster--there are many archetypal roles and combinations. But they don't answer the important question [about my identity]." Laurence Freeman
And this is one of my favorite photos, turned into an oil painting, thanks to Topaz Impresssion:
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