Mar 8, 2019
The single word that seems to have had the greatest impact upon humanity, is the word ‘I’. What does this word even mean?
In order to discover the meaning of a word, it’s common to look at the context in which it’s found, the words which surround it. Let’s take for example the sentence: “I want freedom.” Who is this ‘I’ here who desires freedom? Freedom from what? Is there a person trapped within those quotation marks who seeks release from this artificial restriction? If those quotation marks were removed, would that ‘I’ then be able to escape and find the freedom it desires?
This is quite absurd, isn’t it? There is no person there struggling for freedom. The word ‘I’ is just a made-up word attributed a made-up story. Yet, when the word ‘I’ is heard in thoughts along with other words, it’s believed that this ‘I’ is a real person and the story being told belongs to them.
But wait, it gets stranger. Not only is it believed that this word ‘I’ is an actual person, but that it’s us who is speaking! That’s like trying to convince you that the ‘I’ trapped in those quotation marks is a real person, and in actuality, you. You wouldn’t believe that for a second, so why believe any differently when hearing a thought which contains the word ‘I’? That’s all there is to see, that ‘I’ is a word, it has a story, and you simply are there reading the words.