Do you mean thinking of yourself as a thing rather than a person?Dubious wrote:Dubious wrote:It all depends on what side of my face I'm looking at. One side says You're the only one, the other says, think again!Usually when I feel like only one thing, the word that best describes it starts with I and ends with T. This reduced sense of identity forgoes a lot of complications.Greta wrote:That may be because we are not just one thing. Aside from being a self and a world to microorganisms, we are also sub-components of many larger groups ranging from family to community to society to humanity, the biosphere, the Earth, the galaxy etc. That's confusing because we feel like we are all one thing.
I find it strange to think of us animals as being entire worlds for our microbes. We are demigods, all of us, but we don't much care, just as long as the microbes don't mess up. About the only layers of ourselves with any real cares about us are own own selves and family/friends, and neither of them are guaranteed either. The care factor between state and individual is shrinking fast as the former increasingly pressures its constituents.