For many years, I was preoccupied with the universal ethical question of “how should human beings behave/act?” But lately, I’ve been more interested in the personal psychological question of “how do I actually behave? Why do I act as I do?”
Those who have asked this second question sincerely know that it forces you to face yourself along with all of your faults and the little mind games you play with yourself. It is a question that uncovers shadows and forces us to face the people we are and not the people we believe we should be.
While the ethical question requires intellectual ability, the psychological one requires courage. When we face ourselves, we may not like what we find. But if we are to ask the question, we must be willing to look anyway, regardless of what the question and the introspection it involves reveal.