Monday, March 07, 2005


Harry consists of a hundred or a thousand selves, not two. His life oscillates, as everyone's does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousands and thousands.---------Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf

I've always liked this passage because it points out how humans are complex, many-faceted beings, like gems.

Each of our personalities has so many different components, we all should be able to find some common ground with any other person we meet. It seems that the more our facets match up with another person's, the more comfortable we are with them.

Not to say that differences are undesirable. Other peoples' different qualities can compliment us and make life interesting.

Some of us, however, seem to be on a quest to find our "twin", someone whose facets match perfectly. But of course that's unrealistic. (Isn't it?)


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