Am I the only conscious person in the entire Universe?

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Mar 15, 2010
 
Am I the only conscious person in the entire Universe?I do not ask this question in a egotistical way.I am asking it in a philosophical way.How do I know other people are conscious?
How is it possible for other "selfs" to exist at the sametime?I have read that ONE SAME light "particle" can exist in two places at the sometime.So does this mean "selfs" can exist in multiple places at the sametime?I find the idea that multiple "selfs" can exist in different locations at the sametime hard to imagine.

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Mar 15, 2010
 
I know I am conscious wrote:
Am I the only conscious person in the entire Universe?I do not ask this question in a egotistical way.I am asking it in a philosophical way.How do I know other people are conscious?
How is it possible for other "selfs" to exist at the sametime?I have read that ONE SAME light "particle" can exist in two places at the sometime.So does this mean "selfs" can exist in multiple places at the sametime?I find the idea that multiple "selfs" can exist in different locations at the sametime hard to imagine.
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were living in a subjective uni

be satisfied w. your own cit

a hindu i believe in god & that my true id is god

therefore there is only one true self doing things & receiving many experiences all to the enrichment of myself
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Mar 16, 2010
 
Listen to Bhikkhu_Samahita 2.

I have what you want.

Pleasure.

That's right Pleasure.

Now you say. Why do I want pleasure?

Because it feels good.

That's right. It feels good.

When you have much pleasure you feel really good.

You say. I'm dying I'm feeling so good. I don't want this to stop.

You yell. I don't want this to stop.

Yes you on top of the world.

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Mar 17, 2010
 
Bhikkhu_Samahita 2 wrote:
Listen to Bhikkhu_Samahita 2.
I have what you want.
Pleasure.
That's right Pleasure.
Now you say. Why do I want pleasure?
Because it feels good.
That's right. It feels good.
When you have much pleasure you feel really good.
You say. I'm dying I'm feeling so good. I don't want this to stop.
You yell. I don't want this to stop.
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i hope bhikkhu 2 is better than bhikku 1
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May 14, 2010
 
You are positing a question that ancient philosophers have been asking for a long time - that is, how can we really know the mental state of any other being? A logical answer is - we cannot. We assume that others are alive, conscious, self aware and feel as we do. But this cannot be proved. You are indeed the only conscious person in your world but there are other worlds. Perhaps this is why, as humans, we value love and connection so much. It helps us to bridge the inevitable gulf that exists in our existence.
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Sep 7, 2010
 
I know I am conscious wrote:
Am I the only conscious person in the entire Universe?I do not ask this question in a egotistical way.I am asking it in a philosophical way.How do I know other people are conscious?
How is it possible for other "selfs" to exist at the sametime?I have read that ONE SAME light "particle" can exist in two places at the sometime.So does this mean "selfs" can exist in multiple places at the sametime?I find the idea that multiple "selfs" can exist in different locations at the sametime hard to imagine.
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now u are speaking from the ego and once it is gone, only THE SELF will remain and u will no more have this question
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Sep 7, 2010
 
god wrote:
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i hope bhikkhu 2 is better than bhikku 1
as long as u see the distinction u know nothing. hi god, so u r here too. yehveh = shiva
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Dec 4, 2010
 
jatt wrote:
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now u are speaking from the ego and once it is gone, only THE SELF will remain and u will no more have this question
i am not asking a egotisical question.

i am asking a philosophical question.

and what is the " self "?

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Dec 6, 2010
 
i know i am conscious wrote:
and what is the " self "?
The gurbani indicates that it is the same one consciousness that pervades everything in all of creation. To understand this truth — also called self realization, God realization, or realization of our own true nature, and so on — is indicated to be the ultimate purpose of the human life. In other words, the realization of one's true nature as the universal self, or to experience that one's true self and God (or simply truth) are one and the same.

"The fool does not understand his own (true) self; he pains others with his speech. His underlying nature (of causing pain to others) does not leave him; separated from the lord, he suffers."
(SGGS p549)

"Man is crazy wihtout self-realization. When he knows the self, only then he comes to know the one God."
(SGGS p855)

The well known material scientist albert einstein in his final days is attributed to saying that "Sometimes I suspect that my life has been a waste. I inquired into the farthest of stars and forgot completely to inquire into myself—and I was the closest star!"

The problem with the most of us is that we are trying to understand everybody and everything but our own true self. We are strongly urged by the gurbani to renounce such ways.

'O nanak, if someone judges himself, only then is he known as a real judge."
(SGGS p148)

“Sabbe satta sukhi hontu”

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Dec 6, 2010
 

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To discuss this philosophically, we would need to set some basic parameters. How wold you define consciousness? How would you even measure consciousness to determine if you were the only conscious person or not?

Let's make this easier on us instead with a simple, working definition of conscious - such as having fully active mental faculties and being aware of one's surroundings. Now, if you take this information and go slap some random, muscular bodybuilder in the face. When they knock your teeth out chances are that: 1. their mental faculties are active (and possibly on over-drive because they're pretty ticked off at you right now) and that 2. they were aware of their surroundings (especially of the fact that you ignorantly slapped them in the face).

So, obviously, you are not. If you were, then this whole world could instantly change if you simply changed your own thought-pattern. Obviously, it's not quite that simple. If you were the only conscious being in this universe, then why would people ever disagree with either you or others? Why would people harbor and cling to their own points of view? Also, if you were the only conscious being, you'd be one lonely person. I'm sure everyone else would be dead...or worse, zombies. You may not be the only conscious person in the universe for very long if everyone else was a zombie, because they'd all be trying to eat your brain.

Anyways, your conscious is just one function of who you are - or at least what you would perceive as your "self". We're all made up of a conglomeration of a bunch of different things - our heart, brain, lungs, eyes, etc; personal tastes in food, clothes, music; our heritage, customs, convictions and beliefs, etc; etc. The thing is though, none of those things are lasting as they are constantly subject to change. You'll get old and wrinkled, you could possibly change your mind about something, you may even get sick, etc.

"Fact" observed that some people think that one's conscious is just a part of a greater conscious, which a lot of different people have termed a lot of different things. In Buddhism, the principle of "anatta" or "not-self" is applied to recognize that who you truly are is not merely limited to the physical (the physical world, your own brain, heart, lung, etc.), sensational (feelings, moods, etc.), cognitional (perception, conception, discrimination), mental (habits, thoughts, ideas, opinions, prejudices), or even your own conscious. They are all simply parts of who we tend to identify as our "self" on a day to day basis, and the teaching of "anatta" is to correctly discern them as: "This is not mine, this is not my self, this is not what I am."

You may be the only conscious person in your universe, but not in the greater universe that we all have to live in.

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Dec 6, 2010
 
Also, forgive my many typos. I didn't bother proofreading it very well. LoL.
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Dec 21, 2010
 
what is the "self"?

are some people more important than other people?if so who are the "central characters" in life?

is life supposed to be like a cinema film?if life is supposed to be like a cinema film then who are the "central characters"?

if nobody are the "central characters" then why are most people in the world so poor?

why only is there only a small group of people that are rich in the world?

how do poor people deal with living in poverty?
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Dec 21, 2010
 
what is the "self"?

are some people more important than other people? if so who are the "central characters" in life?

is life supposed to be like a cinema film? if life is supposed to be like a cinema film then who are the "central characters"?

IF God created only some conscious "central characters", then why did he bothered to make the "extras" people also conscious? would it not be better if He did not made the "extras" people not conscious in the beginning? and how do i know if everyone is conscious?

if nobody are the "central characters" then why are most people in the world so poor?

why only is there only a small group of people that are rich in the world?

how do poor people deal with living in poverty?

is it possible to "will" yourself to be happy?
or are some people just born happy?
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Dec 21, 2010
 
some people, usually wealthy people, their view about life is that life is supposed to be a "drama". if life is supposed to be a "drama" then why do most people have to spend most of their time working?
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Dec 21, 2010
 
and also why do poor when they have free time they watch lots of dramas on television? as if they have a mentality that life is meant to be a drama?
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Dec 21, 2010
 
and also why do poor when they have free time they watch lots of dramas on television? as if they too have a mentality that life is meant to be a drama?
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Dec 21, 2010
 
why is the Universe the way it is? from my everyday experience, life is 3 dimensional space and time, people with different mentalities, some people have happy lives, most people are poor and have miserable lives.

are there any other Universes that have different physics laws and where the conscious beings that dwell in those Universes are all happy and each of those individual conscious being know what their individual purpose in life is? if there is any purpose in life.
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Dec 21, 2010
 
some wealthy people with plenty of free time, their view about life is that life is supposed to be a "drama". if life is supposed to be a "drama" then why do most people have to spend most of their time working?
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some wealthy people their view about life is that life is supposed to be a "drama". if life is supposed to be a "drama" then why do most people have to spend most of their time working?
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some wealthy people's view about life is that life is supposed to be a "drama". if life is supposed to be a "drama" then why do most people have to spend most of their time working?

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