Friday 26 February 2016

Ricoeur on self-knowledge

From a Facebook entry (2015 perhaps - the trip to Colombia):
Yesterday, in the prenovitiate house of Mosquera (COB), near Bogotà, a nice experience: the young practical trainee quoted Paul Ricoeur to me, the wonderful text that says: self-knowledge is not a question of closing your eyes and trying to look at yourself. We come to self-knowledge, piece by piece, in our interaction with the Other: in interaction with people, events, circumstances, society, tradition, texts, life. This is probably the only practical trainee in the world who knows how to quote Ricoeur in such a disarming way!
And I thought of Lonergan's "mutual self-mediation" as the process of growth. It is, after all, the process of formation: we are formed, we grow, in a constant interaction with other persons, with what happens to us, in the bosom of our history, our tradition, our culture. And in the end with the community of persons that is God.

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