THE SELF AS ENEMY – WU HSIN
The self, in fact, is just a bundle of perceptions
but the more actions performed imagining that it is the self that originates and executes them, the more substance this unsubstantial entity is endowed with.
In this matter of gaining substance for itself, this structure assumes authority, takes it upon itself to mediate between consciousness and reality.
It continually intrudes between the mind and what is, screening and filtering, so that it becomes an impediment to true knowing.
The paradox is that this process is deemed an unsatisfactory condition, resulting in seeking new experiences in order to transcend this self
or to take oneself out of oneself.
The seeming self is like
The homeless man who has
Taken up residence in your shed.
He is only there because
You have acquiesced to his being there.
In that sense, you are his accomplice.
The self is really a construct of the imagination,
Something created to account for the multiplicity of
Sensory impressions, emotions, thoughts, and feelings that
A man kills a mosquito because it is an annoyance.
How much greater an annoyance is
The idea of a small and limited self?
Why not kill it?
The seeming self is a thief, appropriating that which
Belongs to the Self and making it its own.