Friday, December 05, 2014

An Environment of Other Selves

There is no reason to suppose that self-consciousness, the recognition of a creature by itself as a "self," can exist except in contrast with an "other," a something which is not the self. It is against an environment, and preferably a social environment, an environment of other selves, that the awareness of Myself stands out.

C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, Collier (New York: 1962) p. 29.

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