For many people the wish that their life were different takes the form “I wish it were deeper, more meaningful.” They might be thinking of someone with self-discernment, who fulfills Socrates’ injunction to “know thyself,” who is truthful—if not necessarily in expression, at least in the grasp of their own dynamics. They might think of someone whose understanding and sympathy penetrate outward to the through-line of a situation, who is not triggered into capricious response by an isolated part of it. A deep person comprehends the totality that includes both self and world, what Coleridge called the “one life.”
KeywordsClay Expense Undercut
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