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The Importance of Being Self-Aware

By Kelly Wallschlaeger

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Aug 6, 2014 8:39:57 AM

“The capital-T Truth is about life BEFORE death. It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over…”

This excerpt is from a profound commencement address that was given by author David Foster Wallace. His ideas about awareness and the need to break away from our “natural, default settings” are perhaps the most inspirational and influential that I have ever come across. To read the commencement address in full, click here.

Awareness is something that requires constant effort and attention. The more you practice being consciously aware of your thoughts, the easier it will become and the richer your life experiences will be.

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