Sunday, February 26, 2012

"But apart from a personality what is there?  Some bones and flesh.  A collection of legal statistics, perhaps, but surely no person."

Look at the people around you.
Look at the people you love.
Look at the people you used to love, but have recently forgotten how to.
Look at the people who are different from you.

Now actually look at the person.  Don't look at their bones and their flesh.  Don't look at their tattered clothes or their no-longer-young eyes.
Their flesh is not them.  It never has been.

Their physical body has never contained their personhood.  It has just held them.

A person is their personality.  "Person"..."ality."  The property of the person.

Let's close our eyes and look again.

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