reply to post by smithjustinb
You can test this theory.
Do nothing but observe.
You'll last maybe a few days before you start to die of thirst.
You are here, as we all are, to procreate and pass on your genetic material. Like a colony of ants or bacteria.
Once you die, that spark that you feel inside you that you define are you, ceases to be. It is no more. Your energy transfers into radiating heat and
you disperse into your surroundings. Like the sun heating the sand on a beach, at night it radiates back out. Not the same. But still energy.
Think of this.
If you were to suffer traumatic brain damage, and your personality were to become affected so much that it became unrecognisable to anyone, what has
your spirit? or the mechanical and chemical structure that defines the way you think.
We observe because we're now free to do so. We've built everything we need and now we rely on it. Absolute reliance on the technology we've made to
ease the burden of existing.
Go back 100,000 years and tell nomadic tribes who subsist on game and hunting, they can sit down and write a book about the nature of the self. See
how much they can observe before they're eaten.
Survival of the fittest, no time to write that book, that sabre tooth looks hungry. I have to fight it with my stick that I've sharpened. I teach my
child how to sharpen sticks too. He makes them better than me...
and so he guarantees his genetic material is continued.
The book writer dies of cirrhosis of the liver, ultimately.