People always stick to the differences between themselves and others. What kind of praise they receive, how they are important, and what position they attain. They are conscious of themselves with such public “codes.” However, it means that they “are taken in” by other people, that is, they lose themselves. The nineteenth-century Danish philosopher asserted that the world consisted of such people that “sell themselves" to it. From "The Sickness Unto Death" (translated by Shinji Saito).
"July 26 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"