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Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. How was I born me and not another?
#1
Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. How was I born me and not another?
So, I have been wondering for some time why I was born me and not someone or something else. Doesn't it seem a bit strange, to have come into the consciousness of a body? We just happen to be one animal out of so many species of animal that have existed on this planet. I wonder how it all came to be, how I was born me and not a dog, and why do I feel consciousness when there's trillions of cells in my body that don't have brains of their own. My hands, my feet, they all have living organisms inside of them, and somehow these are a part of me? It's all so strange, I wish that there were some answers to basically explain my existence.

Or hell, there's so many types of matter, I could have just as easily have been a rock.

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Alright, I think I found a better way to state the question. Everything from the start of the universe, all the particles in the known universe come from the big bang, or as carl sagan would say, we're all made of star dust. So if I'm just made of star dust, and the rock around me or the cup on my desk are also made of star dust, then out of all the other matter on earth that came from the same place, why did I just happen to become a human being? All the hamburgers that everyone consumes that become babies that mothers give birth to, that came from the hamburgers that their mothers made. I guess it's sort of comforting in a way, because even if your consciousness is destroyed, even if all your memories are disintegrated, once you decompose you go back to the stuff that made you up in the first place. I just wonder, what was the journey like from me being inanimate material to becoming a living, sentient organism.
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#2
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
IDK if that's really accurate...whens the last time a human female gave birth to a rock?  Sounds like it might have been significantly easier for you to have been a human being.  How -could- you have been born someone or something else?  If you were born as someone or something else you would not be you. You are, by simple definition, who you are and not someone else. Was your mother a dog?  Did your parents possess consciousness?

This question doesn't seem very complicated, as asked.

Or, if you prefer
"Why me?"
-"Why not?"
(I used to love that one back in the day)
I am the Infantry. I am my country’s strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight… wherever, whenever. I carry America’s faith and honor against her enemies. I am the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be, the best trained Soldier in the world. In the race for victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country’s trust. Always I fight on…through the foe, to the objective, to triumph overall. If necessary, I will fight to my death. By my steadfast courage, I have won more than 200 years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, For I am mentally tough, physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not, my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!
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#3
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
You weren't born me. I was born me. Tongue
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one." - George Bernard Shaw
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#4
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
[Image: il_570xN.395050651_9owu.jpg]
"Leave it to me to find a way to be,
Consider me a satellite forever orbiting,
I knew the rules but the rules did not know me, guaranteed." - Eddie Vedder
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#5
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
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#6
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
That's been a common claim today, but I'm not exactly known for a lack of understanding, lol.  I was suggesting that the question is malformed, lol. It answers itself.
I am the Infantry. I am my country’s strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight… wherever, whenever. I carry America’s faith and honor against her enemies. I am the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be, the best trained Soldier in the world. In the race for victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country’s trust. Always I fight on…through the foe, to the objective, to triumph overall. If necessary, I will fight to my death. By my steadfast courage, I have won more than 200 years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, For I am mentally tough, physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not, my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!
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#7
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
Are you tired of you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8hb6bSi3XM

"You say hold onto the reigns, I say let them go tonight. My brain waves confused between what is an ain't. She cries groundless and free."

"Hope is a letter that never arrives delivered by the postman of my fear."
"Leave it to me to find a way to be,
Consider me a satellite forever orbiting,
I knew the rules but the rules did not know me, guaranteed." - Eddie Vedder
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#8
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
Could I have been anyone other than me?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuKr04TQ_mc
"Leave it to me to find a way to be,
Consider me a satellite forever orbiting,
I knew the rules but the rules did not know me, guaranteed." - Eddie Vedder
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#9
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
(October 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm)Rhythm Wrote: IDK if that's really accurate...whens the last time a human female gave birth to a rock?  Sounds like it might have been significantly easier for you to have been a human being.  How -could- you have been born someone or something else?  If you were born as someone or something else you would not be you.  You are, by simple definition, who you are and not someone else.  Was your mother a dog?  Did your parents possess consciousness?

This question doesn't seem very complicated, as asked.

Or, if you prefer
"Why me?"
-"Why not?"
(I used to love that one back in the day)
Alright, I think I found a better way to state the question. Everything from the start of the universe, all the particles in the known universe come from the big bang, or as carl sagan would say, we're all made of star dust. So if I'm just made of star dust, and the rock around me or the cup on my desk are also made of star dust, then out of all the other matter on earth that came from the same place, why did I just happen to become a human being? All the hamburgers that everyone consumes that become babies that mothers give birth to, that came from the hamburgers that their mothers made. I guess it's sort of comforting in a way, because even if your consciousness is destroyed, even if all your memories are disintegrated, once you decompose you go back to the stuff that made you up in the first place. I just wonder, what was the journey like from me being inanimate material to becoming a living, sentient organism.
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#10
RE: Sort of a complicated question, I'll try to ask. Why was I born me and not another?
I've come to conclude that this is actually an absurd question. You're you because if you were me, you would be me. You may as well ask why one tennis ball isn't this other tennis ball. Because one is made up of a certain set of atoms and the other is made of another. You are a certain set of neurons inside a certain skull that has evolved to create a self-identity based on things like brain structure and experience.

You're not a rock, because if you were a rock, you couldn't ask this question.
Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own - Bertrand Russell
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