For a neuropsychological perspective I highly recommend Thomas Metzinger’s The Ego Tunnel for an in-depth exploration of the self as an illusion. It’s a fascinating read backed up by equally fascinating research.
You can preview the introduction here:
Planning on checking these out. By renowned neuroscientist Antonio Damasio:
“The metaconscious is the abstract part of the mind which houses the personality and the sense of “self”. It’s considered the driving aspect of the self, and it influences the conscious and subconscious mind. The metaconscious is responsible for self-awareness, planning, and will.”
Self-awareness is relative person to person, situation to situation, but we all have it at our disposal as sentient beings. Observe, ask questions, and be willing to have your assumptions challenged.
Aw, thanks. <3
…is that it’s derived from an external set of values which must be inculcated. For this, morality is always in translation, transcribed from generation to generation, leaving its integrity in question. Underneath our institutionalized structuring there is an inborn truth which inexplicably draws us together once we have lifted the shadows. Our affinity for virtue, living in accordance with one’s true will, the movement of the universe.
You know when you have become part of the cosmic flow. There is no longer an intellectual distinction between “right” and “wrong.” When we try to force a situation, belief, fear, existential potholes derail us without fail. When we give ourselves over to life, the way almost seems to pave itself.