“Know thyself know thy nation”

"The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." - William James

In the swirl of political upheavals and the cacophony of opinions, I find myself reflecting on a timeless truth: the need to truly know ourselves. It’s not just a matter of individual growth, but a crucial ingredient in healing the fractures that seem to be deepening in our country.

In this era of rapid information and constant noise, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamental principle of self-awareness. We’re bombarded by external influences, often shaping our beliefs and values. But what if we took a moment to pause and truly delve into the depths of our being? What if we embraced the concept of “know thyself” not just as an ancient aphorism, but as a guiding light?

Our nation, much like an individual, is a complex tapestry of histories, hopes, and dreams. Yet, it seems we’re collectively losing touch with our core values – the principles that unite us. Just as we strive for self-discovery, we must seek to uncover the essence of our nation, to better understand its true character, its aspirations, and its place in the world.

In these times of political fervor, let’s remember that knowing ourselves, as individuals and as a nation, isn’t about closing ourselves off from differing opinions. It’s about acknowledging our strengths and weaknesses, embracing our shared humanity, and fostering empathy. By understanding our own beliefs and motivations, we can engage in productive dialogues, bridging gaps and working towards common goals.

So, let’s embark on a journey of self-discovery, both individually and collectively. Let’s strive to know who we are, and in doing so, contribute to a more harmonious and united nation. After all, the path to a better future starts with each of us understanding ourselves and others, in all our flawed and glorious complexity.

(Pic: Me and my daughter in Hawaii just being us.)

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.