Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13, Text 32
We often worry about how the world sees us: “Do people notice me? Which way do heads turn when I arrive?”
This outside-in approach seems natural for us because the outside world seems much easier to know than the inside self. The school, the media and the culture tell us about the world. But who tells us about the self? Practically no one. As the inside is a disconcertingly dark area, we focus on an area that seems better lit: the outside.
Such an outside-in approach makes us feel that we are nobodies if we can’t evoke the world’s nod, smile or pat. Unfortunately, what the world approves is often both fickle and superficial: fickle because it changes constantly with the fashions, and superficial because it doesn’t address our innermost needs. Consequently, we feel distressingly insecure, ever-dependent on the world’s unsteady and unsatisfactory judgment.