Existential unfolding of Self
Existential unfolding of self is echoed in this poem by Rainer Maria Rilke:
“I tell you that I have a long way to go
before I am – where one begins. . .
“You are so young, so before all beginning,
and I want to beg you, as much as I can,
to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
and to try to love the questions themselves
like locked rooms and like books that are written
in a very foreign tongue.
Do not now seek the answers,
which cannot be given you because you would
not be able to live them. And the point is,
to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it,
live along some distant day into the answer.
“Resolve to be always beginning – to be a beginner!”
Where are you denying that you are an unfolding Self, instead slipping into a fixed identities developed as a function of your interactions in the world?