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“The concept of the self as a separate, monistic, self-enclosed ‘I’ first came into being during the Reformation and the Renaissance. (...) Easily combined with other words, the prefix self expressed a new way of thinking about the world, where the individual was acquiring great significance. The self always related persons to its own identity: self-regard, self-destruction, self-love. From then on, the individual ‘I,’ separated from the rest of the world, became the chief perspective from which we viewed reality.”
— Olga Tokarczuk © 2024
(there are other sarah rose’s, but this is the new one)