Is it possible to know myself without first knowing the other? Does my consciousness precede consciousness of the other? I can never be fully transparent to myself, nor can I ever know , to what extent, I am “being” myself without knowing who I am through the perception of the other. What meanings would be meaningful, what projections are presentable, and so on, without others to recognize what they are and their significance to the world; to myself, or to themselves? The embodied experiencer is already a social experiencer and one who shares visions, approximations, projections, etc. Once opened into the social world, the experiencer sees himself through the other. The other shapes his presence and limits it with his own presence, his own space and territory. What fills the time-horizon is not only the consciousness that perceives its surroundings, but a shared consciousness through a shared surrounding in an always emerging coexistence. One doesn’t exist singularly. In order to perceive existence, to recognize that one is corporeally connected to a reality, the embodiment of the other is paramount. It is the sine qua non for the impossibility of being within the corporeal boundaries of an impossible reality.
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