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This lecture makes a distinction between our genetic makeup, our vast human potential, and our habits, which realize a fraction of that potential and can change in accordance with a wide variety of circumstances.

Meditation, time, lecture, three self realization. From the moment we are conceived until we breathe our last we interact with our environment, at first the intrauteran world of our mother herself interacting with the world around her, then directly this outside world. Whatever our stage of growth or maturity, this environment represents a unique set of challenges and opportunities that compels us to seek viable, adaptive answers that shape our way of being. We can therefore distinguish between our genetic make up, which comprises an unfathomable array of developmental possibilities, and our individual experience in the relatively narrow context of our interaction with our existing circumstances, where...

...we realize but a fraction of our human potential. Let us name the former our primary self, and the latter our secondary self. Our primary self is static and largely undifferentiated within the confines of base secumanness, whereas our secondary self is highly differentiated and fluid or rigid, depending on whether or not we are open to changing our way of being. This openness may be necessary when our situation is turned upside down and renders some of our habits impossible or impractical, or it may be optional, have sent any external pressure, leaving US free to keep our habits or change them for the sake of novelty at any given time. Our Self awareness bears on our secondary self, which is only one possible form of our primary self among a myriad of others unbeknown to us.

It is as though we were the ruler of a country that extends infinitely beyond the horizon, but which we have never explored past a familiar enclave we call our little world. We must concede, however, that our individual experience exposes us to the gradually disabling effect of aging and the risk of injury or illness, which can also decrease our abilities. Besides, the act of defining our individuality through specific choices as we try to make life meaningful and worthwhile, can become, over the years, more more and more inveterate and restrictive. So, for all intents and purposes, the opportunity to realize our incredibly vast human potential is lost in part as we age. It is nonetheless safe to assume that much of it remains. In other words, we may consider our habits satisfying, but we should never forget that our nature includes an inborn capacity for...

...adaptation. We can reinvent our individuality in accordance with a wide variety of environments. Having said this, our ultimate goal in life should never be to exhaust all the desirable possibilities inherent in our nature. Such a goal would be preposterous, as it could never be achieved in a thousand years, let alone during our lifetime. Thus, the only sane and feasible alternative is to take stock of our situation and make the best of it by committing to a worthy path that is consistent with our natural aspirations and abilities and the opportunities available to us. In short, the point of the matter is not to do everything that is worth while, but to do a few good and suitable things, enjoyably and commendably well.

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