dot - indeed. values (principles?), desires.... hopefully that all results in some clear priorities for how one chooses to move in the world.a word - however ill-defined and over-used - that comes to mind is "authentic". how can i know that something i desire - or even some principle that i hold - is authentically my own?it is entirely possible that, after much critical thought and analysis around it, i still cannot know with certainty. i long ago learned to accept that, and to trust myself enough to both listen and challenge. i refuse to be stymied by analysis paralysis.another thing i think this points to - which many activists and leftists seem to deny or ignore - is that sometimes NOT acting is in fact the "authentic" way to proceed, and the path course of action most likely to jibe with one's desires.
I'm suspicious of this question.