If you are a Zen master, nothing. If you are philosopher, everything. I cannot put into words an answer that will make sense. I can try. Life is a doing and in doing life, we are being. The assertions that we make will not tell us what it is to be a person, we just are. I guess the only thing that I could say about the person is, the body. My person as I know it, is my body. But the person is not the mind. By this, I am saying that, we cannot feel our minds. We can however feel our bodies, so in this sense, mind is just as much a hard thing to define as person. That is the best I can do for you. Is it satisfactory?
I would say they are the person in which they feel themselve's. To me, mentally retarded people are far more enlightened than rationally thinking normal adults. By this I am saying, that we have to think about what we feel. A mentally retarded person just feels what they feel. Example; when you ask a normally functioning person what they want, they say "I'll have to think about it". If you do the same for a mentally retarded person, they will just tell you. They do not have to think about it.
I'd have to be a vegitable to answer that one. The particulars of certain aspects of life are just assertions on our part. How do we even know to call ourselve's people? This is anassertion. The same can be said of the words we use for up and down. They are assertions and in assertaning something, we have to label the experience. I looked up? I walked? We had to answer the questions and we had to make up words for them.
To continue our discussion. The mind is a result of ego and it is just a thing. It is a word we use to describe what we percieve to be our selve's. This is truth in concept, because it is my truth. The truth is your truth in concept and that is the mind. The mind is and it is not, but an illusion of the "self".
Individuality is an illusion, a thing for it is also an illusion of "self" and "I". We are many people within ourselve's. By this, I am saying that we act parts to suit the situation, but we are not being an individual unless we give up all of ourselve's. When we let go of all the selves, we become one with the many.
Yes, indviduality if you're talking on the outer level of DNA. No, if you're talking on a level of pure energy. Concepts and illusions notwithstanding, what we know about energy is that it is all the same. What we don't know about energy is what we don't know.
They are about the illusion of experience. What has happened in the past is an illusion and we grasp at it, because we believe that is who we are. The past is only defined as "ago", not now. The true experience is now and every moment of the ago, is the result. The future also exists as an illiusion, for that is what we aspire to. Letting go of these can set us free.
@mischevious - experience is the person whether termed as truth, illusion, concept or consciousness. What we choose to experience is what defines us right now. That being said, your view is completely valid but only when it is the chosen "experience".
That is not the point. When someone asks my name, I simply say Bob. That is not who I truly am, but it is who I am "now", Right this instant. Who knows what the next moment hold's? The entire meaning of it is conceptual and is up to observation, but defining ourselve's as the past, is not observing now.
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