A Part of Ourselves

Excerpted from Sketches From A Life by George F. Kennan, ©1989:

For one of the keys to the understanding of the human predicament is the recognition that there is, for the human individual, no reality– no comprehensible and useful reality, at any rate– other that that of an object as perceived by the human eye and the human mind– no abstract reality, in other words, detached from the eye of the beholder.  All that we see around us may be considered to some extent as a part of ourselves, the reflection of our own astigmatisms, our own individual perspectives, and– sometimes– our intuitions.  Unless it is taken that way, we cannot recognize its reality, or even know it to be real.