Mar 18, 2019
Without language, who would you be? The idea of who we are is developed with language just as a fictional character is developed with words. But fictional characters are only fiction, they don’t actually exist except as an idea. Any feelings produced by reading their plot are felt, not by the character in the book, but by the one reading. Though they are truly felt, they are based on the fictional plot of an imagined character.
Likewise, the person believed to be you, is also a fictional character, existing only as an idea. It’s been developed over time through the use of words. Reading this character’s story likely stirs many sincere feelings, and is very touching. However, it’s not the character who feels any such thing, but the reader who is touched by the story of this imagined character.
Don’t be troubled by what’s only imagined, nor try to rid yourself of the fictional character that’s believed to be you, that’s just more fiction for a fictional character. There’s no need to fight an imaginary battle for the freedom you already have, but only imagine that you don’t. This character developed in thought, see it for what it is, a story which you’ve been reading. What you truly are, no story can tell.