Apr 13, 2019
The moment one starts defining themselves is the beginning of all the confusion concerning identity. Any definition or concept is an attempt to describe what’s already present, through the use of language.
What’s being described is present prior to any story regarding it, therefore, what’s being described exists independently of the description. If what one is, exists before and independently of the story, then how could one take themselves to be the story, which is devised after the fact?
Even to believe that the word ‘I’ aptly defines oneself, is to open the door to conceptual confusion, for all sorts of words and ideas then become anchored to this core concept. The word ‘I’ gives rise to the imagined character upon which all other stories are built.