Monday Morning Memo: Surface, Motive, Essence

Everything in life can be evaluated in 3 ways:

1. by Surface
2. by Motive
3. by Essence

Surface tells us what a thing is. Or it lets us know what has happened. We see Surface with perfect clarity. But does it tell the whole truth?

Why a thing is – or why an event has happened – can be determined only by probing into Motive; driving force; unmet need. This is true whether you’re studying planetary movements, chemical reactions or social relationships.

But when Surface and Motive are gone, Essence is what remains.

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