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Originally posted by angeldoll
So then, I have a question, NorEaster. What holds this DCH -- this superhighway of experience, information, and personality together? What prevents it from breaking apart and drifting...away from itself, until there's nothing left but inconsequential fragments?
If there is a Center, what is it?
If there is not, then back to my original question. What holds it together?
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
Indeed, what would hold it together? A whole is only a composit of fragments..subject to being vulnerable to drifting apart, or simply going "poof". What is it's purpose? Simply to "house" so to speak, the previous personalities of dead humans? Is it worthwhile? Does it need to be worthwhile? If I have interpreted any of this remotely correctly, then the PCH is both everything, and nothing. It is a parking garage.
Provided all are equal as personalities in the PCH. One creates their own scenarios of heaven or hell, or a stroll in the park, consequently becoming their own puppetmaster? Gandhi's personality holds no more value than a modern street thug's? They both simply have continued conscious existence within the PCH?
This actually sounds very much like spiritualism, in which upon death, as a spirit, the person simply crosses over into another dimension. They have jobs and junk. They have entered yet another journey. Journey after journey.
Another thought that crossed my mind, while reading the assertion that the personality is what remains after the body is gone.....ostensibly the part of us that would be most likely to survive should logically be the strongest part of us? That is.....Our intellect, and/or our emotions? (Our drives would no longer serve us, as they are centered on our physical survival. )
Our personalities are shaped early-on, at the whim of others. "The looking glass self",whatever blah blah, and sometimes does not reflect what goes on internally at all. People can fake the personality.
Wouldn't it be reasonable to consider that it is this internal part of us which is the authentic self and that which only belongs to one's self, as the part that would continue?
To assert that only the personality remains as functional, if at all, is the antithesis of what most of us have learned.
So, Brainy ones. Feedback?
Originally posted by NorEaster
And yet, we all expect to recognize our loved ones after we've crossed over into the eternal realms. Think about it.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
reply to post by NorEaster
I'm not sure if it is because your response was specific to me, or because my comprehension is better this morning, but I think I have a clearer picture of what you are saying now. So thanks.
All in all, even though this theory contains a new and well formed vocabulary, hours of intelligent thought and an admirable struggle for reason, is this theory that much different from more common ones?
The human spirit, or whatever one chooses to call it, is released from the physical remains through death; enters into another environment; and is rewarded or punished, either by his own doing, or though the power invoked by a greater entity. Here, the greater entity has been omitted, which places these ideas in a more scientific category than a religious one. Or perhaps more of a philosophy. In a way -- existentialism? One concludes in this scenario that the existence of humankind has no meaning. Life has no meaning, and death has no meaning. We are, er, flotsam and jetsam, as they say. We are completely cerebral both here and there, and while continuing to punish ourselves in these self-constructed hells, we manage after all to cling to our neuroses.
So, it's not a particularly sympathetic account.