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On Personal Authenticity


Human beings who wish to become authentic persons must take their chances and be prepared for consequences. In the Socratic sense, you must begin to know by not knowing. If you know that you do not know, you may be born again. But you will not be born again without the pain of birth. And you will have to do violence to your soul... to make it live.

George F. Kneller
Existentialism and Education
Philosophical Library, 1958
New York, New York