Surprisingly couldn’t find a clip online, But this is from the movie What Dreams May Come a conversation a man has with someone once he passes on to the afterlife. Interesting movie to check out.
Chris: Am I really here?
Albert: What do you mean by "you" anyway? Are you your arm or your leg?
Albert: Really? If you lost all your limbs, would you still be you?
Chris: I’d still be me.
Albert: So what’s the "me?"
Chris: My brain, I suppose.
Albert: Your brain…your brain is a body part. Like your fingernail or your heart. Why is that the part that’s you?
Chris: Because I am sort of a voice in my head. The part of me that thinks, that feels. That is aware that I exist at all.
Albert: So if you’re aware you exist, you do. That’s why you’re still here.
Albert: Your brain is meat. It rots and disappears. Did you really think that’s all there was to you? Like, you’re in your house right now. You’re in your house. It doesn’t mean you are your house. House falls down…you get out and walk away.
Chris: Looks like I rebuilt.
Albert: You see a body because you like seeing one.
Albert: Thought is real. Physical is the illusion. Ironic, huh?
Great movie, great discussion.
Nothing external is the I. Nothing you do or that happens to you changes who you are, you are always you and that’s all you are. You are not your thoughts or your body, not the things you own or the things people think you are.
“I am that I am.”
That is a fundamental principle of “the Dreaming” in Australian Aboriginal culture, a thought rock is pure life, a physical rock is not.
I mean, quantum physically, even metaphysically, a rock may be called life. But by all definitions thought is life, but not all definitions state that life is thought.
Same too with a rock, not all definitions state a rock is life, or thought, because even if it is we have not confirmed it scientifically. And the physical world we live in is a subject of science and confirmation, whether we like that or not.
I tend to lean toward the view that, contrary to what Albert there is saying, “we” are all a result of our brains(via our 5 senses and experiences). We possess rationality, senses, and emotion as a result of evolution… and our consciousness is just a result of that. Maybe? I don’t know for sure obviously but this is what I default to due to no contradictory evidence. :) Of course that idea is different than the premise in a movie about the after life. Great movie though, I think I’ll watch it today! The hell part is the craziest. So eerie.