Whatever is Not I

The problem of the experiencing subject holding the world together is not merely a language game, the grammar of the first personal singular creating ontology. It is more seriously a confessional ontology of the personalistic heart dominating our grammar, persuading us by our very sentence structures that when our pronoun is singular then so must be our verbs; our actions too must be single. The subject/predicate construction holds apart 'I' and everything else; whatever is not I becomes predicated of the subject. Imagine: we feel in such a way that this I, this me, is separate and over against the huge full world, as a pair of equal co-ordinates.

~ James Hillman, from The Thought of the Heart & The Soul of the World