Humans generate mountains of data as we describe ourselves to one another, but who are we when we are not describing ourselves?
Brings me back to Pascal: "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone."
This line of thought made me think about the alignment (or lack of!) between my words and my actions. Theory and practice. I can believe in equality, on principle, and continuously act in ways that separate and put down the people I interact with.
How, though, do I become aware of the disparity between my principles and our actions? I take Colin’s comment below as a nudge towards self reflection.
In my life, I have benefitted tremendously from folks who have generously and care-fully pointed out when I am acting in a way that is inconsistent with what I profess to be or who they see me to be.
It has required training (many deep breaths, much practice, multiple mental rehearsals) to receive these corrections as GIFTS and not as attacks...