“She wanted to live, and live fully, and to give life, she who loved life! What was the good of existing, if you couldn’t give yourself?” Emile Zola
One of the ubiquitous challenges in life is maturing from infantile dependence to adult independence. This doesn’t mean our destiny is to become completely autonomous from one another, arising to the apex found in the fantasy of absolute individuality. Becoming adult doesn’t mean we somehow find our lives outside society. We must balance out mature independence with our social responsibilities. Aristotle helps put things into perspective when he famously wrote «Man is by nature a social animal….Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god» (Politics).
A balance must be struck between…
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