Know Thyself


Know thyself was an inscription that pilgrims were greeted with as they enter the temple of Apollo at Delphi. They believed that the average person is ignorant of its true self, and therefore ignorant of true happiness.

For many traditional philosophies and religions, such as Buddhism, the key to happiness is to know the truth about yourself - to understand who or what you really are. Most people wrongly identify themselves with their feelings, thoughts, likes, and dislikes.

Aristotle once told us: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

It's no easy task to truly know who one is in a society that expects us to live in a certain way. The world is loud, and people constantly want to inject us with information. So at the end, do we really become our true self? Or just a mediocre reflection of somebody else? And how do we know that we truly know who we are?

"All I can do is be me, whoever that is." -Bob Dylan

Knowing who you really are is therefore, not an easy task, especially in the era of information in which we live today. Either way it's a process and it takes time and dedication.

How do you know who you really are?

Much happiness,

Hansel | @hanselps