What is the Self?

There was a recent reply and link on another forum concerning someone who conducted a 38-year search for self—his discovery?:

“I always thought that if I kept searching and exploring, I’d discover who I truly was,” said Speth from his Wrigleyville efficiency. “Well, I looked deep into the innermost recesses of my soul, I plumbed the depths of my subconscious, and you know what I found? An empty, windowless room the size of an aircraft hangar. From now on, if anybody needs me, I’ll be sprawled out on this couch drinking black-cherry soda and watching Law & Order like everybody else.”
“Fuck it,” he added.”

Well, this kind of idiot deserved the outcome he did—searching endlessly for “self” like it was some kind of subjective/objective thing to be discovered. Anyone going around “searching for self” is going to end up just like this jerk. The Self is nothing perceivable or conceivable. Go around looking for it and it will always evade you. If you’re someone dopey enough to be going around looking for self in this fashion, then the first step is to admit the accompanying logo with this blog-post. Otherwise, just hang-it-all up and do as this jerk says:

“Trust me—there’s nothing out there for you to find,” Speth said. “You’re wasting your life. The sooner you realize you have no self to discover, the sooner you can get on with what’s truly important: celebrity magazines, snack foods, and Internet porn.”

Just brilliant there, Speth—yep, just as suspected, nothing more than a doomed maggot munching away on the defiled fecal-matter of your own making—you sure found your “self” at last!

Bon Appétit, pal, Bon Appétit!!!

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6 Responses to What is the Self?

  1. Jure says:

    But you must admit it’s rather humorous, that article. Made me laugh out loud.

  2. Bodhichild says:

    Sure…I see you munching on that bag of Doritos! LOL!

  3. Jure says:

    The article is from “The Onion”, a satirical magazine, meaning the story is made-up You want to say that you see parallels between me and the protagonist of that fictional story?

  4. Bodhichild says:

    That was meant as a joke…

    You mean to say that the article is a farce?

    Will have to check that out…

  5. Jure says:

    It seems we both took a joke for a real thing, but it doesn’t matter. There are actually similar cases to that article. For instance the Indian “UG Krishnamurti” had a similar story! Except when he gave up his search for the self, he didn’t become like a pig , but even more ascetic… check some of his video on youtube an interesting fella.

  6. Bodhichild says:

    Well—that’s one on this old fart! Pass the chips there, will ya! 🙂

    I’ve seen some of those recent UG Krishnamutri videos–now, there’s one real old fart!

    Will have to keep checking out “The Onion”–what a gas! (no pun intended)

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