It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Such is the measure of life's lesson.
“Whereas in darkness light becomes more easily detected, so then does illusion make ready the discovery of truth.” ~ Vroomfondel
What mysterious power lies within tragic loss that compels us to inventory and catalog ourselves? As catastrophic tragedy is relative, it is through our own fiendish devices and machinations that we cultivate our emotion - and tolerance thereto. Whether it be smothering sorrow or transcendent joy, it is the degree of our emotion that defines our soul and the manner in which we govern it the measure of our character.
Each person borne to this earth does possess an intangible quality that allows them to 'become'. Our identity is forged through trial and error. The final form of which is the end result of a lifetime of transient anomalous experiences chipping away that which is not our true self. It can therefore be argued that our sense of identity is the culmination of a process of elimination. Removing that which is not of our true self and retaining that which is does not, however, in itself bring light into darkness. We have not defined, but only suggested, who we truly are. At the end of our journey the only thing we have clearly identified is who we are not. Such is the measure of life's lesson.
It is only in retrospect, in the eyes of others, that 'we' become clear.
That is the light in the darkness where illusion gives way to truth.
Self discovery is the futility of trying to assemble a puzzle by shaking the box. With every violent event two pieces are joined together and two others torn apart. It is only by looking inside, giving each piece attention and learning it's true nature, that the mystery of the puzzle is discovered. Unfortunately, as the last piece falls into place our puzzle has ended. We never get to witness the full measure of our efforts.
We will never know who we are as well as who we were.