Thursday, August 9, 2012

Personal Identity

Most of us take our personal identity to be the conglomeration of all of our past data or points of view (thoughts, feelings, emotions, experiences, all ideas and concepts, all perceptions).  Unfortunately, those personal histories can end up being the stories of endless conflict.  We are automatically in conflict within ourselves and with others, because we are constantly involved in the grind of proving ourselves to be independently existent.  We substantialize ourselves with data that we relate back to our personal identity, and then we compete with others and try to affirm our specialness and superiority.  Separation is constantly being asserted, because were fixed on an identity that builds on separation and split apart from the identity of others. Excerpt from: One simple Change Makes Life Easy: http://www.balancedview.org/images/books/One-Simple-Change.pdf

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