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Obiter dictum

"In the beginning you understand the world but not yourself, and when you finally understand yourself you no longer understand the world." — Mary Ruefle, as quoted in Harper's Magazine, July 2012.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 28th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
I don't understand either. Will that change as I get older? :)
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 28th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I don't understand your question.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 30th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Well, according to that quote, when you're young you understand one, when you're old you understand the other. I never had the first but am hoping for the second.
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 30th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
It is beyond understanding.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 31st, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Alrighty then, I will continue on my merry way and let you know what happens.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 1st, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
You will not understand what happens.
nodressrehersal
Jul. 28th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
I will be pondering this muchly.
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 28th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it's possible to understand one's self unless it's from our personal point of view. Understanding how others see us is impossible.
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