I Who Speak

As John Berrill wrote so eloquently below, in the opening chapter
of his beautiful book, Man’s Emerging Mind – so too do I,
Edward Sollisch, a self-conscious fragment of life, want to know;
and this blog is an exploration and an inquiry for my own satisfaction,
and for any who wish to come with me.

                                   “ I  WHO  SPEAK

                             I am a human being, whatever that may be.
I speak for all of us  who move and  think and  feel, and whom
time consumes. I speak  as an individual unique in a universe
beyond my understanding, and I speak for man. I am hemmed
in by limitations of sense and mind and body, of place and time
and circumstance, some of which I know but most of which I do not.
I am like a man journeying through a forest, aware of occasional
glints of light overhead, with recollections of the long trail I have
already traveled, and conscious of wider spaces ahead. I want
to see more clearly where I have been and where I am going, and
above all, I want to know why I am where I am and why I am traveling at all.
I, John Berrill, a self-conscious fragment of life, want to know;
and this book is an exploration and an inquiry for my own satisfaction
and for any who wish to come with me.”

N J Berrill
Man’s Emerging Mind (1955)

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