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Lost and Found (input/discussion welcome)

This was my response to an extra credit assignment for one of my classes, I thought I'd share. Please don't be too hard on me. If it doesn't make sense or you would like to further discussion feel free to message me.

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We don't really "find" ourselves. We construct ourselves. For better or worse.
Pretty simple statement for a complex phenomenon.




We don't find ourselves, but do we ever finish constructing ourselves? "Construct" and "build" imply a work is finished. I believe we are never truly finished. You could interpret death as the final construct, but in order to get there one must go through a great number of stages first. Yes, we construct ourselves in the sense that we build upon experience. However, once you've built on that experience you have something else entirely. Through life one builds and is knocked down and "reconstructed". Each time you start with something new that has morphed from the old. You keep building and building, but with something new every time, never quite "finishing". With each step you lose a piece, but you also gain new ones that are added to the mix. This creates the complex entity that is the human being. We certainly never find ourselves, but are we ever finished changing? Can we ever remain in a static mental environment?


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the only criticism i have of it is that you ended with two questions, as opposed to making statements.

I was a philosophy major.  When you posit a question in a paper or exam, it usually means that you will answer that question in the following paragraph.  Maybe pose the questions earlier on, either that or just rephrase them as statements.

also, i agree 90% with this analysis.  There are simply too many outside forces which cause change in us, be it conscious or unconscious change.  If we lived in a bubble there would be no development nor personal growth.  This is not the case, however, which forces us to constantly adapt to our surroundings and inputs. 
I disagree that we "lose" portions of ourselves as we grow/change, however.  We may repress pieces of our persona, and they may not be as prominent in our being, but they're still there, for the most part.  Liken it to a recovering alcoholic.  No matter what he/she does, they are still susceptible to that vice.

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Thanks for the input locust. I'll take that into account when posing questions for the reader.

They're "lost" in essence because we choose to ignore them and are cast aside. For example, the memories of a tragic event (shootings, accidents, assaults) can be blanked out, leaving a gap in memory. I thought about mentioning something along the lines that what is lost can also at some point be found. The memory can be unlocked. In retrospect I should have edited it and put in there to bring a little bit more clarity to my response.


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Re: Lost and Found (input/discussion welcome)

i think the whole lost but now found bs only makes sense if you believe for some hocus pocus reason that you have an eternal soul. human life is short and full of constant change and strife, we have the ability to take the events and circumstances we are given and change ourselves. I firmly believe that your own concept of self should simply be a means of recognizing that who you are is simply what has happened in your life so far and is the sum of your experiences, knowing how you got to be the way you are and accepting your short comings, faults, and knowing that if you want to change yourself for the better that you can. so "finding" yourself is somewhat impossible based on the fact that your actual self is a constantly changing thing.

Some people feel like for some reason in order to find their true self they simply have to keep experimenting their whole life. nothing wrong with that, should be encouraged. but if people never take any time to reflect (not to dwell) on the past they will find themselves constantly searching for answers that do not exist.

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[quote author=budgy link=topic=155741.msg3319384#msg3319384 date=1252618945]
I firmly believe that your own concept of self should simply be a means of recognizing that who you are is simply what has happened in your life so far and is the sum of your experiences, knowing how you got to be the way you are and accepting your short comings, faults, and knowing that if you want to change yourself for the better that you can.
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I agree completely


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[quote author=DamnLocust link=topic=155741.msg3319250#msg3319250 date=1252612909]
the only criticism i have of it is that you ended with two questions, as opposed to making statements.

I was a philosophy major. When you posit a question in a paper or exam, it usually means that you will answer that question in the following paragraph. Maybe pose the questions earlier on, either that or just rephrase them as statements.

also, i agree 90% with this analysis. There are simply too many outside forces which cause change in us, be it conscious or unconscious change. If we lived in a bubble there would be no development nor personal growth. This is not the case, however, which forces us to constantly adapt to our surroundings and inputs.
I disagree that we "lose" portions of ourselves as we grow/change, however. We may repress pieces of our persona, and they may not be as prominent in our being, but they're still there, for the most part. Liken it to a recovering alcoholic. No matter what he/she does, they are still susceptible to that vice.
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I didn't think so either


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yeah, I can be intellectual when I feel like it. I just prefer being a douchebag.

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