Reflection 227: Book Excerpts 58-59

May 11, 2011

Copyright © 2011 by Steve Perrin

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

58. Each of us regards every sensory phenomenon from the standpoint of whether it is in our best interest or not, so our job comes down to acting in such a way to play up our interests and play down our faults in order to be ourselves to the max without harming others, while encouraging everyone else to do the same as a complement to ourselves. (Introduction, p. xxxi.)

59. When circumstances are against us, we have only our biological values to fall back on. No shirking, no shortcuts. Just working away doing the best job we can with our unique mix of skills and stamina, foibles and finesse—for that is the job we are born to and die away from. (Introduction, p. xxxi.)


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