Double consciousness is something I have been aware of since my early childhood but I never knew what it was called. We are all aware of two selves; the one we know inside ourselves and then how others see us. It’s this multifaceted personality that creates problems in our society.
There are many examples of this type of consciousness. I can remember many times where I didn’t think I was good enough to have someone I liked like me in return, and I found out on more than one occasion how wrong I was. Apparently the self I saw inside was weaker than what others saw me as.
Not necessarily a part of my belief system, but maybe there is a facet of it that I incorporate into my own beliefs. Rather than having a double conscience, one should move past it and see their true persona. There may always be a double conscience, but the only conscience that matters is your own, not that of others.
When I asked my two best friends, Jacara and Raj Forte, they knew exactly what I meant. My two best friends happen to be African Americans and they have had a long history of having a double conscience. But by doing so it has made their true persona’s stronger since they were able to rise above it…which is exactly the kind of strength I apply to my own philosophy.
Double consciousness relates to an earlier post on consciousness that I have done. As I previously stated, consciousness is awareness of one’s own reality. Their perceptions make up the framework of their own world. It is the pursuit of this particular consciousness that helps us overcome the double conscience, so it is important to understand the problem to pursue the correct course of action.