I have been presented evidence that I am not an individual. This goes against my learned tendency to believe that I am, in fact, an individual.
See, the interconnectedness of all things is obvious (causality). Moreover, experientially, it is possible to feel a sense of unity with all things. The fact that one can have two contradictory experiences; of individuality and non-individuality, leads me to suspect that the experience of individuality is illusory, but that non-individuality (selflessness) is a little more "true". Why? Because the sense of self is a mental object, whereas ego-lessness is simply the absence of that mental object. The assumption here is that the truth is inherent, inescapable, and left over when all illusions are removed. Therefore, if the self can be discarded, then it is not fundamental; it is simply a mental object, and thus the act of discarding it is the letting go of a particular kind of cognition that only "adds more content" to experience. Experience is experience regardless of the content. The self is content, whereas self-less is absence of content. Due to this, I suspect that the self is but a cognition that can get in the way of happiness. Due to this, I suspect it is something to be discarded in the form of "liberation" or "enlightenment".
Yet within experience I find some evidence towards the hypothesis that I am indeed an individual: ...[Continue reading on Innerabode]