And who are you?

If I start with this question, the answer seems obvious:

– I’m Joe Gartenberg.

– No. “Joe Gartenberg” is a name, a label that you have been given at birth, without consulting you. Not the name and even less the surnames.

– How is it? I’m Joe Gartenberg!

– When you die, when you decompose … that name will exist?

– Yeah right. They will remember me with that name.

– Not even that. How many people are called like that?

– I dont know. Some.

– Are they called exactly the same?

– If they are called equal, they are called equal.

– And those others are you?

– Of course not.

– That is, you are not “Joe Gartenberg”.

– Well, places like this …

– I repeat the question. And who are you?

– I am a American, from East Brunswick, now in NY. Researcher, father of three daughters, and a dog…

– Now you are adjectives.

– If we start the same, then neither. Now, do not repeat the question … I am this body.

– What body?

– The one you’re seeing!

– Excuse me, but I do not see any body. My eyes at most, capture different qualities of light as they move. With that, I code pre-established colors in my mind and I generate shapes from that color scheme. I compare that image with images that I have in the memory and something similar appears that I have labeled as “body”. So that’s all. All that is in my mind.You will not tell me now that you are an inhabitant of my mind …

– I’m the voice you hear …

– The same. I can not hear voices The sounds are my own encodings, not yours. It’s not good either. And do not follow through the senses. Do I repeat the question?

– I know. Well, I do not know what to say to you … What causes changes that you can perceive? Life, animation?

– Good approach. But what is life?

– Well, a strange transitory state that only presages death.

– Well … and what is it?

– Well I!

– Do not start.

– Well, I do not know what it is that lives.

– What you live is only a consequence of an existence.

– I mean, I’m an existence?

– Of course. Nothing more and nothing less. An existence subject to change, to becoming, to conditionality, to itself. Meaningless, without being, without substance. Only a maniple of conditions, a subset of the kamma.

– And the others?

– Same.

– And you?

– No, not anymore. Not even that.


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