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Robert Warren once talked about the difficult necessity of self knowledge What exactly does this mean What does it mean to know ourselves And does it really matter if we stay true to ourselves In the story The Patented Gate and the Mean Hamburger by Robert Warren Jeff York is a hardworking farmer who has to choose between keeping his farm or buying the inn that his wife wants He finally chooses to sell his farm and buy the inn Sadly he kills himself shortly afterwards Jeff York was a man who knew his place in society where he came from and the achievements hes made in his life However because he fails to stay true to himself in the end he sells out on his dreams and his life Jeff York was a man who had a strong identity he knew what his place was in society and where he came from When the York family was in town Jeff York stood on the corner with all the other old farmers not because he had to but according to the story because his father had stood with their fathers and his grandfathers with their grandfathers or with men like their fathers He accepted his place in the town and in society and it was comfortable for him to stand with the other old farmers just like his ancestors had done before him Jeff York was from a tradition of hardworking people who had to work hard just to survive and he knew the curse that followed them They only knew the life they knew and that life did not belong to the fat bottom lands where the cane was head-tall So they passed those places by and hunted for the place which was like home and where they could pick up the old life with the same feel in the bones Jeff York was quite aware of the
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