Aug 11, 2018
To enjoy the warmth of the sun on a brisk autumn day, do you need to think: “The sun feels good”? To be moved by a melody, is it necessary to think: “I love this song”? To be alive, is this not so unless you think: “I’m alive”?
These thoughts are only descriptions of firsthand experiences, they come in after the fact. Nothing’s wrong with them, the issue only arises when the description is confused for the actual experiencing, for it’s not the thought which experiences anything.
No matter how mouth watering the description of your favorite dish may sound, it’s not the same as actually sinking your teeth into it. Likewise, any description of what you are is not the same as your actual being, nor is it necessary in order to already be that. To take yourself to be a description in thought, as if that is who and what you are, is to limit yourself to a contrived secondhand experience.