Personal development

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The first author about personal development, after Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Abelard and a bit Montaigne, is obviously René Descartes who developed the "Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences" and immortalized by the famous "I think, therefore I am" (“cogito, ergo sum”).

That idea must today be understood otherwise than by the first degree of the "thought" which remains superficial. This is a thought of meditation, i.e. of introspection that develops self-awareness. Therefore we must understand that formula with more intensity than we use to do and take it in terms of: consciousness of my thought associated with my consciousness of being.

The cogito of Descartes is not the one of the homo-sapiens (being who knows) but of the homo-sapiens-sapiens: the being who knows that he knows. This is self-awareness, a higher state of awareness that can observe human and act with it. This level of awareness is therefore not only a passive awareness, but an active one.

Thus the first precursor of the personal development concept of our civilization is Descartes who has defined the individual through an "I" that can be released from the chains of beliefs, convictions, inculcated prejudices, conscience sub-condition.

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  • Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason.
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