Who am I?

by Lorenzo Piccoli

I have been asking this question to several people recently. You might think it is foolish, but after all it is a useful exercise to understand how people understand their self-perception in the world.

My answer – well, it is not my answer – used to be the following:”I am the absolute centre of the universe, the realest, most vivid and important person in existence” (David Foster Wallace – and you should know who he is). I am one of those selfish people: in fact, I belive that everything revolves around me. Think about it: it is really not about being egocentric, it is about having a very simple philosophical point of view on our hard-setting: as Wallace argued, “there is no experience you’ve had that you were not at the absolute centre of”.

Nowadays my answer would be a bit more complex than that; but still I think this remains a fascinating argument for you to think about (and if you want to get it all, read here).