The significance of the ancient maxim “Know Thyself” was indicated in Hypnotism’s Fascinating Objects. Now we just need to know what knowing is!
We think we know ourselves. And maybe we do. But maybe not. We know something, but is it true? And, how do we know that?
Some things one just knows, like “the stove could be hot.” Direct sensory experience (ours, or that of someone else) informed us. Other things, most things, are not so easily made clear, and knowing the reality (or some part of it) behind those things requires directed effort of mind. Due to the entanglement of time and reality, this effort must involve some degree of quantum processing. Which means you may and/or you may not know yourself, whether or not you think you do, depending on when exactly you made your determination.
Knowing your “self” is a knowing a moving target. Depending on circumstance, bodily chemical levels, your current responsibilities and a plethora of other variables, how you will (or should) respond to a particular varies moment by moment. Though you may recognize an aspect of say, creativity, in yourself, it’s probably substantially diminished if you’re exhausted. All aspects of your self are like this. The quality and degree of each aspect must be determined at the relevant point in time or you are, in fact, out of touch with yourself.
Reality, resting on quantum process, necessitates a quantum process in knowing. Knowing reality, that is. Unconsidered actions or responses are not necessarily “yours.” Rather, being taken on premises of a stagnant mind, they may easily be the result of misperception, being fooled by your presumption of knowing yourself, or by manipulations outside yourself. Considering is the act of diving into the quantum state of reality to determine the current state of the object under consideration.
Knowing Thyself, then, is never a fait accompli. The need for continual revisiting for current status requires a rather humble aspect of personality, which many of us have yet to develop to the degree required. The requisite humbleness allows for freely and honestly revisiting what we think we know, in order to properly include the quantum process in knowing, and without which we can never be sure how best to respond to external suggestion.