We can only know ourselves in relationship to another. Consciousness, by itself, cannot be consciousness unless it negates what it is in becoming self-consciousness. Moreover, self-consciousness seeks another self in order that it can realize its being conscious. There arises a double negation which, in fact, reverses itself whereby consciousness becomes self-consciousness and self-consciousness, by recognizing and negating another self-consciousness, returns to consciousness and the cycle begins anew into infinity. Through negating the other, and everything outside of it, self-consciousness becomes what it is: An independent essence shaped by its own necessary contradiction.
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