Helen Keller on her life before self-consciousness (1908)

Helen Keller reflects on her life before her teacher arrived, describing a world without consciousness or understanding of self. Through tactual memory, she recalls her early experiences of anger, satisfaction, and desire. As she learns to communicate, Keller gains awareness of herself and others, eventually developing a deeper understanding of the world and her place within it. She highlights the importance of self-knowledge and empathy in connecting with others and shaping one’s perception of the universe. Keller’s journey from a state of emptiness to self-awareness exemplifies the power of thought and consciousness in shaping the human experience.


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