SlowTalk: Being yourself
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Why is it that we like quotes by other people so much? Why do we ascribe more merit to a Oscar Wilde, Bernard Baruch or Ralph Waldo Emerson than to ourselves. On the one hand we seem to feel powerless under an avalanche of fake news and yet on the other hand some expressions still resonate with us that we are willing to accept them as truth. Still, let us remember, that neither Wilde, nor Baruch, nor Emerson, nor anybody else for that matter, claimed to speak on behalf of others, but the thoughts they put forward were their own.
What does it take to put forward your own thoughts? Where do you have an opportunity to think out loud? What spark lives within you that might ignite the fire of new ideas and innovation the world so desperately needs?
Rather than talk about the thoughts and discoveries of the so-called great thinkers, we will endeavor to bring about a conversation where the focus is inward and upon each other.
(For those of you who attended last month’s SlowTalk, let it be known that the original meaning of ‘conversation’ was “place where one lives or dwells”, i.e. being at home.)
Please contact Hugo Skoppek via email@example.com with reference to “yourself”