“Know Thyself!” … But What, How, and Why?
T he admonition to know the self is perennial, cutting across eras and cul-tures. In the history of Western philosophy, from its Greek roots, self-knowledge is often considered the panacea for wisdom, the light toward an honest and happy life, the universal recipe for truth and redemption. Redemption by self-knowledge is a common credo that cuts across generations. The other day, I saw “Know thyself” tattooed in ancient Greek letters on the right forefoot of one of my undergraduate students. But what is it all about?