Our many selves and their contradicting attitudes

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It's amazing how the very same person can react totally differently to the very same thing in different times, once with adoration and once with disgust.

The human race.

It's not just reacting differently to the same thing.
It's reacting in completely opposite ways.
The extremes.

And not just towards some trivial things. It's towards the most fundamental ones.

What's really the difference, then, between that and the reaction of two separate people who never come along?

In both cases, it's all about two separate mental dispositions (of the two persons and of the same one person), two that never meet. Two different entities. Two different selves.

But in the case of the same person, these two seem to have something in common. Otherwise we wouldn't have tended to mistaken them to be one, me.

They have in common this body and the joint memory accumulated in it.

Go beyond identification with that body and with the thinker and his memory, and you will notice these many selves we are.

And doing so, you will be able to overcome the great fear of ambiguity, the reason behind our desire to regard ourselves as a monolithic one entity.