Reflection 212: Book Excerpts 12-15

April 6, 2011

Copyright © 2011 by Steve Perrin

From KNOW THYSELF: Adventures in Getting to Know My Own Mind by Steve Perrin. Available on

12. There is only one Copernicus, one Galileo, one Newton, one Einstein. Duplicate the attitude, perspective, and awareness which characterized those minds in their time—and you will see what they saw, thereby “confirming” their respective discoveries. (Preface, xi.)

13. Every life and every mind is precious because there is no other like it. We are precious on our own merits, not because we belong to one group or another. Our uniqueness renders us precious, not our commonality. (Preface, xii.)

14. Urged to surrender mind and body for the sake of conformity, we sell our individuality, creativity, independence, and personal freedom at our peril. (Preface, xii.)

15. The remedy, I suggest, is not to take on the powerful at their own game (because they make the rules and hire the umpire). Rather, to develop the resources latent in independent minds so that we become immune to the influence of higher powers by guiding our lives on the basis of skilled use of the most powerful asset we have—a mind truly our own. (Preface, xii.)



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