This photograph (left) is of my granddaughter, Anna, at five and half months having an early experience with self-consciousness, while looking into her toy mirror. Whoa -look at the concentration and the grip of her hand! This is what sets humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s a wonderful self-awakening.
There is the other point of view of this wonderment as expressed by Ray Bradbury — ‘Self–consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all. I can tell you what I think. What do you think?