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For centuries man has grappled with the riddle of what it means to be a person But the questions Who is man and What is the meaning of life are still unanswered Yet while man is still a long way from arriving at any acceptable definitions there is deep within everyone the hint of an idea of what it means to be a whole person that is happy functioning and fulfilled So throughout history man has made a continuous search to find out what makes him whole Every person is different so the special situation in which one person finds fulfillment cant work for everyone But in the lives of those who have found fulfillment there is a universal pattern The universal pattern is that those who have found fulfillment have had a willingness to accept change and take risks Conversely those who have not found wholeness are characterized by an unconquerable desire to be safe to be out of danger and to avoid risk The first step in the search for identity is to answer the question How do you see yourself In the play No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre Estelle loses sight of her identity She says When I cant see myself I begin to wonder if I really and truly exist What a man sees himself as in the mirror largely determines his actions during the day Estelle had to look into the mirror of men to confirm her identity A man is the number one determining factor in discovering who he is Each individual must understand that he is responsible for his own pain misery unhappiness or for his own joy Man is not a product of what people have done or are now doing to us Man has the power to become whatever he wants to be to feel as much love or anger or joy as we want to feel Another subsequent factor in
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