I believe that the first step in understanding anyone or anything is to first understand oneself. This isn’t a process that is simply contemplated and completed. It is more of an acquisition over a period of time. A good friend of mine helped me to this realization. I observed how much more secure she was with her life and her beliefs after she sought to place boundaries on every aspect of her life-boundaries that reflect her understanding of herself. I believe this step must be taken before beginning to analyze anyone or anything else. After all, how can we criticize someone else’s belief if we do not truly understand our own?
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