― John Lennon
Let’s begin at the beginning. The universe exists. Reality is real on its own terms, as what it is: self-generated space-time. Also, I exist, as a product of and within that space-time.
That’s why I needed to learn how to think, in order to control the acts that decide whether I go on living or die, and on what terms. Because when I started, I didn’t know how to think, any more than I knew what to think about anything ....
I had to learn how to learn. Other people were useful to me but not primary, so I learned how to get along with them and without them. I was learning to assert my “selfhood” in reality so as to make responsible use of my future adult liberty.
My primary act was egoistic self-assertion — knowing how to conduct myself as a mentally separate, physically separate and ultim...
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