reply to post by Alexander_Supertramp
But what is awareness anyway? Imagine you are sitting at a park and there is a man, just sitting completely still with his eyes closed. you stare at
him awhile and he doesn't react beyond his basic functions (eg breathing), so you think he isn't aware you are staring at him. you watch people walk
past him, and he doesn't react at all, so you think he isn't aware of what is going on around him. it starts raining and still he doesn't move, so
you think he isn't aware of the environment. Out of concern, you approach him, gently tap his shoulder and ask if he is ok, but he doesn't respond.
Now as far as what appears to the outside observer, this man has neither self nor external awareness. In this instance the man was meditating and was
in fact completely aware of everything that happened, however felt no need to respond to the circumstances. Unless you have a conversation with him
afterwards of course you will think he lacks self awareness as according to your observations he did not show any signs of awareness, however if you
have a conversation with him he will say - yes I know you were staring at me, yes I know people walked passed me, yes I know it was raining, yes I
know you asked if I was okay.
Same can be said about unresponsive children - one might think they are deaf and that they are unaware of what is being said only to find out latter
that was not the case at all.
Starving people in Africa may be completely unaware to the fact that we are aware they are starving. someone sitting in a park may be unaware that
someone is hiding in the bushes watching them, or perhaps the person hiding in the bushes is unaware to the fact that the person they are spying on is
aware of their presence. awareness is just a matter of perspective - perhaps the earth is unaware that we aware?