Kaizen (kai_zen) wrote,

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Who am I?

Perhaps the self is not set, or static, but always engaged in a dance, in change with the variables of the surrounding environment.

This is not to prove or disprove that the self exists, but to inquire into its nature.

Is the self the driving force behind, at the helm of our existance, or is it a generated result of millions of chemical and electrical reactions happening simultaneously?

In our carbon based biological system, the mind, and life, are considered to be emergent properties, where the sum of the parts yeilds an extraordinary result. Although this has not been explained, and human life has not yet been created in a lab from scratch (which would be exteremely complex, and expensive), the mind, and the ideas that acompany it, are undeniably a function of the physically/objectively existant system that they stem from. If you destroy that system, you destroy what goes along with it.

Many people believe that the self is separate from the mind, and that it is the sole force at the cause of one's existance, experience, and actions.

How is possible to know?
The concept has been regected for centuries by buddhists, as only a perception, and not relaity. This gives one great freedom when dealing with the self, and all that acompanies it. Simply observing the a concept of self being agreed on, referred to or even put into practical use, does not make it independant of human thought.

It all comes back to inquiry into your self. How much time do we really put into this inquiry? Not much, for most; we simply accept the concept of self. If we didn't, we may not even operate and navigate as sentient beings. Consider animals who have no sense of self...
All in all, all evidence, research, and history point to the self as being a concept that arises out of the human reasoning, or one's perception. Without the mind, anything dependant on that mind, such as thought, belief, or concept, dies. It may be carried on similarly by others, however, the same is true for these individuals.

I would go so far as to assume that most people do not naturally desire to accept the unpleasant idea of their own (idea of) self dying when the brain ceases to function, so they invent unfounded or ineptly founded concepts which give them the hope of not having to cease to exist as who they know their self to be. When the self is considered as conceptual, and a product of perception, freedom in accepting death may come with it.
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