Hermann Hesse/self-growth

“I discovered that in most cases the intellectual fervor was directed at analyzing the conditions and the structure of society and the state, at the sciences, the arts and at teaching methods. Yet only a small minority seemed aware of the need to develop their own selves and to clarify their personal relationship to time and eternity.” – From Hermann Hesse’s ‘Peter Camenzind’, Translated by Michael Roloff’

I Am Me

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Image by Shelly Paul

I am born,
Into a certain genetic combination,
Into a certain social, cultural economic fabric –
That is not me.

I am trained, I am conditioned –
That is not me.

I am me,
Because –
I dream, I hope, I think,
I journey through life discovering myself,
Once found, I aspire perfection.

Then when I peer into myself;

I see the world just the way it is
And all the beauty it contains,

I am free from all the ties that bind
I bind myself to the world around me,
I revel in these ties that bind.

I see the barriers in my head dissolve
I see humanity and marvel at it,
I revel in being human.