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April 6, 2003
Removing the layers, one by one, like reading someone's diary, day after day. If you never met the person, you would have a sense of them from what they wrote, how they wrote it. It is dangerous, of course, because the writing is not the person, can never convey the experience of being with that person. Yet it is tempting to view the understanding gained as the real personality, an underlying essence of sorts, distilled and refined to remove the clutter of habits, physical reality and a host of other untidy elements inherent in the complete composition of human beings.