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02/05/2010

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Jane, who are you?? :) I know this is sad but I found myself counting how many times you used the word ‘I’ in this blog, and was left with the question; ‘Can the ‘I’ know itself?’

This has been one of the questions troubling some of the greatest thinkers of all time. Some philosophers have replied rather mysteriously with answers such as “Can the knife cut itself? Can the tooth bite itself?”

Another question (or perhaps the same as it is all too deep for me) has been ‘Am I my thoughts; the thoughts that I am thinking?’ It would seem not, as thoughts come and go, as your ‘light bulb’ moment proves. So unless the ‘I’ changes every few seconds, we are not our thoughts. So, ‘are we our body?’ Well, if I believe all that my biology teacher told me (some of which I would rather not!) our body cells are constantly renewing, and in a relatively short period of time, I will have a completely new body (not a bad thing some might say).

So Jane, thank you for sharing your ‘revelation’. Now the light is on, as you say, perhaps you will be able to see yourself more clearly. But ‘can the eye see itself?’…haha….well, in a mirror perhaps. :) Quick, send in the clowns!

It is a bit of a conundrum, isn't it, Steve? I think with my brain and, if I were to beome poetic, I would say that I feel with my heart. And I can't think with your brain or feel with your heart, so I have to keep returning to 'I' (I hope you've been counting :-) Both mind and body are constantly changing, as you say, so maybe it is only the spirit which remains constant and that is outside (maybe literally, maybe not) both mind and body and, in my opinion, the 'I' is an ever-evolving part of that spirit. Phew, that's a bit deep......

I think that what I'm trying to say is that the 'I' I am speaking of here is whatever part of my mind is turned towards the light of the soul at the time. We'll need the clowns after this!

Don't bother, they're here. :-)

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