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Blaise Jabo

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Is a theory that we are all somehow half the other person in most of the things we do

if you examine yourself very closely or people next to you , you find that in everything you do be in class,work, neighborhood, we are constantly imitating peoples characters,ways, in which they do that certain things. For example students in a med class tend to look-up to some successful doctors and try to live up like them, in doing so they are living half the character of that person, and when they succeed other students will take that half and construct on it too. we are half of other people, if you like someone because he is cool, we find ourselves living a huge part of ourselves like that person, no one is his own, we copy half of others people's . Hence proposing a theory that man is half the other man. this can be seen also in artists they say they were inspired by certain great artists but even when already successful they still act,look,perform like their inspiration artist. They already half of the other people. I think if we do realize that we cant succeed without halving other people then we may give value to all human beings because this shows how well we are one and connected to each other more than ever.

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    Sep 21 2013: Hi! Yours is a very interesting topic for debate. Maybe people, we all, need models to imitate. To follow a cool or a succesful person allows the insecure part of our mind to have more safety. And some people may feel it's a very comfortable aid.
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    Sep 28 2013: Yes it is. The art of acting or role play is our innate quality, in a sense every human being is an actor emulating another person's character at all social situations. This is a trait unique for humans as they need to conform to social order in addition to natural.
    However, my observation is that as a person attains maturity, the trial and error of role playing narrows down and the person starts to become his/her own self, or at least one uniform unchanging self.
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    Sep 28 2013: Da Way, thanks for the read and the beautiful input, I didnt think of animals but that is so true. Will have more thinking on this subject..
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    Sep 28 2013: Sorry I was initially misled by the 'half' part. Half is a very precise number!
    I think what you are trying to say is that we observe someone and take a portion of what we see when we devlope ourselves.

    Your observation is a very interesting one.
    I have 2 things to add:

    1- It's not just humans we use as subjects to learn from. Using martial arts for example, a lot of combat skills derive from observing animals, similarly we learn from nature- a lot of our architectual ideas come from existing wonders in nature. So the connection you have pointed out is not just with people, we are, in fact more connected to our whole environment than most people realise.

    2- Most people imitate models subconciously. But once you realise you're doing this, why not do it conciously?
    E.g. Jack in my class is good at maths, but Jane is good at sports. I'd like to be 30% more like Jack in maths and 60% more like Jane in sports so I'll make a concious effort to do so. I will, at the same time, be aware of the fact that Jane is a bully, and so I'll be -80% at mimicing Janes attitude towards other people, even though I'm mimicing her love for sports.

    We are all combinations of our experiences, even if a child was raised in the wild and never had any human contact (hence no-one for him to be 'the half' of), the wildling will still have his own set of skills and his own personality.

    Nice idea though, made me think a lot.