Our ‘self’ is not homogenous — we are a multitude. Here is an index my posts on my many-selves perspective.
Above I try to illustrate one obvious consequence of this many-selves perspective. I show myself as a cloud (fuzzy bundle) of all sorts of habits, beliefs, likes and dislikes. Depending on the filters people use when they look at me, only certain salient traits will stand out to them. We can find readers on this site doing just that:
- Some Christians see an Atheist (see: “Atheism as an Epiphenomena“)
- Some Buddhists see a materialist
- Some Common Culturists see a Buddhist
- Some Atheists see a Religionist — an “accomodationalist”
A classic Buddhist story illustrating this principle is the story of Four Blind Men and the Elephant.
More important than how others view us, is what we do when we look in a mirror. We often use a filters and ignore many parts of ourselves. I think it is important to embrace our multitudes.
Question to Readers: What contradictory ways do you find people viewing you?