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An exploration into the word 'I'

Updated on July 7, 2013

Dale Carnegie often mentioned that "I" was the most indefatigably employed word, in its various forms in various languages, in human vocabulary. So it is.


The 'I' ness of I has been questioned, answered, re-questioned, re-answered, and much so more...


Research, in a very personalized sense of the word, is always concurrent in the minds of respected individuals from Philosophers to Psychologists.

From Socrates to Descartes, Nietzsche to Lacan, propositions have been made with dramatic dissatisfaction.


Here, where 'I' am king and 'I' am crew, I pour my thoughts in the most organized way 'I' can afford for there are liberals who are more or less offended and highly antagonistic against speech.


I think ‘I’ can be defined if we accept that it can be defined. To only one individual it will, I think, mean different things at different stages of life. To me these stages are the mind-blank state (in the sense that it has no individual experience), a learner, a thinker, a performer, and a responsible person.


To the tabula rasa ‘I’ is the body in a skinned dress;

Gifted and cursed at the same time with consciousness;

To the learning mind ‘I’ is an identity,

A definition stretched beyond physical entity;

To the thinking mind ‘I’ is a prison,

No thought seems backed up by any reason;

To the acting mind ‘I’ is many inner voices,

Confused and unable to make choices;

To the duty plunged mind ‘I’ is that which bears responsibility,

Immense in burden but limited in ability.



Further, I remember reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. This particular paragraph will interest anyone reading this-

"I cannot live with myself any longer." This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. `Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the `I' and the `self' that `I' cannot live with." "Maybe," I thought, "only one of them is real."

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