Since you are asked to write an explanatory essay, an occasional self-reference may be appropriate. Use them sparingly and only when there is no other way to explain what you mean. You may call yourself “I” as long as you keep the number of first-person pronouns to a minimum. Less egocentric ways of referring to the narrator include “we” and “one.”

  • In my lifetime, I have seen many challenges to the principle of free speech.
  • We can see…
  • One must admit…

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