2. I

Because your ‘I’ is a mental construct, it needs logic for its existence. Logic is the foundation of a mental construct. Your ‘I’ is what you identify with. Your identity can not exist by itself. You must identify yourself with something. That is why René Descartes (1595-1650) came up with his statement; “I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am.” That Descartes could think was the reason that made sense and was plausible for him that he existed. You can not be an ‘I’ without thinking that you are this. If you say; ‘I feel, so I am,’ you say this because you think so. You can not speak without using the mind.

This philosophy originates from the Western focus on the clear thinking of ‘why’, that is in contrast to the Eastern philosophy of life, which is more focused on the cause of experience. It is the way of thinking that lies at the basis of Western philosophy. This thinking in terms of ‘why’ has ensured that you are now probably convinced of yourself. This is due to the mental evolution of your previous generations, which is passed on through the upbringing and the environment in which one lives.

Because you connect your identity to your ego, which originates from your own thought, you need insight into your own way of thinking, to recognize that you are ‘I’ is just a carefully constructed mental construct. A mental construct is a way of thinking that you hold on to. People who believe in themselves cannot do so without logical reasoning. For a person there is no existence without logic; without reasoning why that person is a person. Therefore, getting insight into this is an intensive individual process. It is a changeover to the causal ‘what do you experience because of what’, instead of looking for a reason in the ‘why’. From intellectual exercise to a so-called experiential learning or experiential knowledge.

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