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healthy revisions that we can make to our way of thinking. One of the most destructive limits we face is the fear of incorporating new perspectives into our own outlook . The difference is that if we do not allow ourselves constructive speculative leaps, we are vulnerable to destruction at the hands of our own rigidity. The previous discussion has involved the pro- blem of limits which are internal, but there remain many limitations which become a problem to us through conditioning. The emotions and reasoning ability which we become accustomed to present their own disadvantages and shortcomings. They represent a lack of insight concerning the inter- change of things limited and things unlimited. As a result, each becomes the other in the coincidence of opposites for nothing can be a part of one extreme without coinciding with the other extreme. If man is ever to resolve his dilemma of limits, then he must at least realize his position in relation to everything around him. If we reject the possibil- ity of infinite alternatives to our own life style, then we have succeeded in placing the biggest restriction imaginable upon oursleves. The limits we face rep- resent an uncontrollable drive to refine our at- titudes regardless of the fact that the end result will represent imperfection to some degree . But as Bertrand Russell explains - there are no answers. In effect he is right because our basic i.rq)erfections need themselves to be refined before our thoughts can become purified. If we spend our time transfix- ed upon reaching a goal - an answer, then we limit to some degree, the facility with whic.h to examine the complexities which lead to that theoretical end. With goal-orientation as an obsession we allow our- selves the luxury of leaving behind the varied possibilities in order to reach an unaltered conclu- sion that will be fool proof. We cannot afford to overlook the innumerable factors which might upset the good we are determined to reach, for that goal then becomes representative of fancy rather than validity. In regard to confidence in our own being, we must come to think of ourselves as but a speck of infinity - but at the same time, an important, all- inclusive particle. If Bruno is right when he says that the center of our universe is underneath our own feet, then we truly must be the summit of our existence. For man, life begins and ends with himself as a focal point, and only after this reali- zation is reached can he traverse the boundaries of hesitation to see the joy of fulfillment.

• JAN NUZZO MIND'S EYE

INSIDE OURSELVES : HUMAN LIMITS Before we , as human beings, are tempted to make rash assumptions as to our potential for ad- vancement , it seems that we had better come to the realization that, insofar as our human condition is concerned, we suffer from many self-irtlposed limits which must be closely examined. The paradox which reveals itself so often is that man is equally willing to proclaim his freedom of choice and inde- endence from fate while he, at the same time , hesitates to tread upon unknown waters for fear of being overcome. The point to be made here is that we are not limited by what we are, we are limited by what we are not. The first problem arises when we attempt to be something which denies our organismic needs and inclinations. When we are not satisfied with our- selves as we are, we often adopt deliberately contrived roles to ,relieve our discontent. This con- stitutes one of man's most familiar limits which he places upon himself. For if we are ·not willing to struggle with our own basic characteristics, then we will never be able to operate effectively within the characteristics of a foreign , fantasized "other self. " So from the very beginning, then, we have placed limits upon our potential by rejecting ourselves. Our inability to make a strong committment to our- selves, using our own intrinsic faculties, limits our ability to know and develop the one individual whom we know the best. To deny ourselves the superfluities of life is largely inconsequential, but to deny our internal inclinations is a mistake which begins in masochism and ends in fatality . At the same time that we must avoid the - ypocrisy of being that which we are not, we should not be afraid to expand on what we are. This is not to say that we must change our basic being, it only suggests that we must remain open to 7

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