What different meanings do you think the saying carved on the Temple of Apollo—Know Thyself—has?
So, what is this “self” we are encouraged to know? Is it the person who walks to school and checks text messages, buys some fries and tries to be a good friend?
Yes. But I think it’s also more. Some modern physicists think that we are like a drop of water in a spinning vortex—a consciousness in a greater field of Consciousness. A soul or psyche as the ancient Greeks called it that is connected to all life.
Karl Jung, a famous psychologist called it the collective consciousness. Physicists also talk about the butterfly effect: the idea that even the gentle flap of a butterfly’s wings can change the outcome of the future. I suggest it is this larger Self we should begin to understand. We are all butterflies.