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The answer to the question "what am I?", is of supreme importance because on the answer will depend our true scale of happiness. If we answer it correctly, we shall find happiness. If we answer it wrongly, we shall find misery. 

Unless we know our own nature and the purpose for which this nature was created, where we stand in the universe, what is expected of us, we cannot establish a true scale of values as to what will make us happy.

We might find this or that very pleasant not knowing that its ultimate consequences are exceedingly unpleasant, that the immediate enjoyment will be quite outweighed by the future penalty. We may miss some very great hidden happiness by seeking, in our ignorance, some lesser obvious happiness.

Is a lifelong good, say, a large income and savings, procured at the expense of injustice well worth having or is it well worth foregoing? You're choice will depend on whether your answer to the question of "what am I?" is right or wrong. 




(updated 08-23-02)

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