“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.”
― Ray Bradbury
Self-consciousness does seem to be the most double-edged of awarenesses. On the one hand, self-consciousness can be defined as mindful awareness of what one is doing and its possible consequences. Awareness tends to be a good thing, no? Well I guess it all depends on what you do with it. We can use our awareness and act in incredibly mindful ways that benefit everyone involved the most or we can react in fear to our awareness and have it freeze us into immobility because almost everything we do can be criticized by others and very few things we do have no darker aspect to them. If any action can lead to negative consequences does that mean inaction is better. Doubtful as even that, perhaps especially that will have effects that ripple out. To me I would rather choose action.
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