Who Said That?

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.   Oscar Wilde

            So who are you, really?  The self at work, the face you present to your lover, the person you mutter to when troubled, the human being you were at 16, or the one you are today?  Perhaps you are all of those you’s, and more.  If you invited them to a party, I wonder if they’d recognize one another.

            Then there’s Jung’s persona, the mask we show to the world, or Robert Louis Stevenson’s alter ego, Jekyll and Hyde cohabiting together.  In literature we often see the “double,” a kind of mirror image of a character.  More sinister yet is the doppelganger, often a harbinger of disaster or death.  Yet another manifestation is the avatar, which in Hinduism is an incarnation of a spiritual being in the flesh.  Carl Jung also gave us the concept of the shadow, that mostly-buried aspect of our selves which harbors the parts of us we don’t want to look at but must integrate to become whole.

“A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.” ― Djuna Barnes

I’m wondering who is reading this blog.  And who wrote it.  Let us hope, amidst the busyness and trivia of daily life that someone authentic showed up.

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ― May Sarton