There’s never any knowing which of our actions, which of our idlenesses won’t have things hanging on it forever.
(E. M. Forster)
My question is: what does it mean to become a self? That is my place of engagement. I don’t have to travel to far distant places to explore my question. Rather in my own community and the circle of all the people I meet I can find the challenges and the processes I would like to understand and learn from. In this sense my community is not an ordinary or insignificant place; it is a place where an individual’s potential may blossom or wither, where community can grow or not. In this sense the place where I live and the network of people with whom I connect everyday is the most important and potentially fruitful place to be.
To explore this question, I developed a Social Sculpture called Becoming a Self. Since 2008, people all over the world have been reading stories about moments when people found a relationship to their deepest self, adding their own, and taking part in events inspired by the questions and thoughts that this project gives rise to.
The project is documented on its own website. There is a video that accompanies it called the Directory of Gratitude – see below.