Self Awareness And The Sens Of The Others

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Hey there ! This is going to be quite philosophical, yeay !

Just a quick prompt though. Some people live and behave as if they where the only ones on earth. As if everybody else owed them something. They walk in the street and throw a paper regardless of whether there’s a trash bin near them. They park their car in the middle of the road, blocking the traffic and you can clearly see that it doesn’t bother them to the least. They go to the public toilets and don’t flush or use the toilet brush. I could go on and on, I think you get the point.

How does someone become a person who is aware of themselves and the surroundings (people, environment,etc.) ?

I wonder if this is something that we come to the world already having it in ourselves, or if it’s something that has to do with the education we receive.

As a parent, spouse, sister, friend, colleague, how do we inspire the others to be more conscious of the others and more aware of themselves. I don’t know what other word to use in order to describe that state.

Personally, I feel bad if I throw a paper in the street. The public space is mine as it is everybody else’s. I wouldn’t do it in my home, why do it outside ? There are people who throw dirt in the house too, but that is exactly what I’m talking about. Why do that ? I feel ashamed if I go to the toilet and don’t flush or clean after. It’s a matter of respect both for myself and for the next person coming after me.

I would really love to hear your feeling about this. Do you consider yourself an aware person, someone who cares ? Have you always been there, and if not, how did you become more aware as a person ?

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In the meantime, let’s take care of ourselves.

See you around !


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  1. Sadje dit :

    So right. Being aware and being respectful of others and the environment around us is a way of respecting ourselves too. A great post

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  2. It bothers me to litter. I can’t do it. People who refuse to clean up after themselves probably have a sense of entitlement.
    That’s my only explanation for it.

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    1. Monaminga dit :

      What do mean a sense of entitlement ? Is that good or bad ?


      1. Bad. As though they’re too good to clean up. Such a task seem beneath them.
        Or, they just don’t care.

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      2. Monaminga dit :

        Right. You know sometimes I watch some people, they look embarrassed to pick up what fell on the floor. It’s like « oh, no I missed the bin, what a looser I am, I hope nobody saw me » 😂

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  3. On one hand I see where you’re coming from and I can relate, especially when it comes to the toilet. On the other, as unsightly as litter and trash are. I do at times believe that litter creates jobs.

    Being self aware is an awesome trait to have, but it does come with much humility. Too often, self awareness is used to shame others into conformity.

    If a person is truly self aware, they can understand how others are not. Being self aware, is just that awareness of self, not others.

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    1. Monaminga dit :

      But to be aware of the others, you need to be aware of yourself, know where the limits of your space are, you need to know them so that you can respect other people’s space. Individual responsibility as you often state. No matter what the norm in the society is, if you’re conscious of what you do, you pay attention to the others and seek to live in harmony. By the others I mean fellow humans, but not only, animals, plants, etc. The drama of our world, I think, is the lack of consciousness, and it starts with self awareness.
      Consciousness and awareness lead to consideration. We need it so much. I’m only noticing and sharing, don’t think I go in the streets preaching what’s right and what’s not. I’m wondering if it’s something a person is born with, or if it can be acquired and passed to children for example, and if yes, how ?

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      1. That’s an interesting question. Different people are born with different talents. The only reason they stand out is because not all of us have those talents.

        Some may learn a talent or a skill. But isn’t that what makes a skill and talent so special and valuable. Since, not all possess the ability or aptitude of everyone else?

        I think we are just different Monaminga. The more individual responsibility we hold ourselves to, the more it becomes valuable.

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  4. Manessah B. dit :

    I think some things have to do with what a person was taught… like what kind of environment they grew up in. If someone was raised in a household where throwing trash around was considered the norm, then they wouldn’t find it offensive to live in a place where trash is just rolling up and down the street. I was brought up to be very aware of my surroundings and how my actions affect those around me, so I can’t go to a public restroom without flushing, or leave trash on a public street. I just can’t do it. I think the same amount of effort it takes to create a mess is the same amount of effort it takes to clean up a mess and I think it’s inconsiderate when people act as if they are the only ones on the planet. Other people have to share space with them, so I agree with you. We should be more aware of our surroundings and a bit more considerate of others who share in those surroundings. Really awesome post and question, Magalie!


    1. Monaminga dit :

      Thanks for your insight Manessah 😉 So it’s a matter of education. That’s a good thing, it means it’s Something you can teach kids to be and hope they will implement later on in their life. The more I think about it, the more I see that it really is more about not being conscious than being inconsiderate on purpose, I think they just Don’t see how their behaviour is affecting other people, they Don’t pay attention, or they are not aware. Maybe it’s just my tendency of not seeing the bad in people 🙂

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      1. Manessah B. dit :

        You are very welcome, Magalie! And I agree. I do believe that some things in life are taught and that we pick up habits from our surroundings, which like you said is a hopeful sign. Of course, there are the bad apples who intentionally try to be inconsiderate for the heck of it, but I won’t even go there! Lol. 😄

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      2. Monaminga dit :

        I know! Have a wonderful fearful Valentine’s day 🙂

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      3. Manessah B. dit :

        Aww! Thank you so much, Magalie!! You have a beautiful Valentine’s Day, as well!! ☺️

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      4. Monaminga dit :

        Thank you, it has started very well 😉

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  5. Nasa Afigbo dit :

    Courtesy begs that we consider others by being conscious of our excesses.

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      1. Nasa Afigbo dit :

        You are beautifully welcome

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