Animals are not just living things; they are beings with lives… that makes all the difference in the world…next time you are outside…notice the first bird you see…you are beholding a unique individual with personality traits, an emotional profile, and a library of knowledge built on experience…what you are witnessing is not just biology, but a biography.
—  Jonathan Balcombe Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals
The human spirit is as expansive as the cosmos. This is why it is so tragic to belittle yourself or to question your worth. No matter what happens, continue to push back the boundaries of your inner life. The confidence to prevail over any problem, the strength to overcome adversity and unbounded hope — all reside within you.
—  Daisaku Ikeda

Being yourself is so important, yet it is something that we forgot to do actively. What is unfortunate is that in our pursuit of acceptance, we lose track of who we actually want to be.

Pursuit and flight are a topos of Greek erotic poetry and iconography from the archaic period onward. It is noteworthy that, within such conventional scenes, the moment of ideal desire on which vase-painters as well as poets are inclined to focus is not the moment of the coup de foudre, not the moment when the beloved’s arms open to the lover, not the moment when the two unite in happiness. What is pictured is the moment when the beloved turns and runs. The verb pheugein (‘to flee’) and diõkein (‘to pursue’) are a fixed item in the technical erotic vocabulary of the poets, several of whom admit that they prefer pursuit to capture.
—  Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
Identification with one’s office or title is very attractive indeed, which is precisely why so many men are nothing more than the decorum accorded to them by society. In vain would one look for a personality behind the husk. Underneath one would find a very pitiable little creature. That is why the office is so attractive: it offers easy compensation for personal deficiencies.
—  Carl Jung
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