Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Reconciling my battling trinity...

I read these lines here and have been profoundly impacted:


"It is said that we are all three different people: the person we think we are (the one we have invented), the person other people think we are (the impression we make) and the person we think other people think we are (the one we fret about). You could say it would be a lifetime's quest to reconcile this battling trinity into a seamless whole "


What this means is that when the person who I think I am is writing this piece to be read by the person who I think you are, it is actually the person who you think you are that is reading the piece that you believe was written by the person who you think I am. Meanwhile, the person who I think you think I am is logging on to your blogsite trying to understand the mind of the person who you think I think you are.

All very complicated, if you ask me. Six different people, two sets of trinities at work sitting on just two chairs and trying to reconcile into two different seamless wholes. Makes my head spin. In fact, when it turns 180 degrees during each spin, I can look down and see my own backside. But, wait a minute. How do I know that it is my head spinning? Maybe it is my body spinning and creating the illusion of my head spinning.

Reminds me of a story about the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who one time asked a friend "Tell me, why do people always say it was natural for men to assume that the sun went round the earth, rather than that the earth was rotating?" His friend said, "Well, obviously, because it looks as if the sun is going round the earth." To which the philosopher replied, "Well, what would it have looked like if it had looked as if the earth was rotating?"

If you really are the person I think you are, you will make sense of what I think I am trying to mean.

8 comments:

Escape.... Great Escape said...

The person others think you are - A
The person you think you are - B
The person you are - C

If A = B, you are a consumate actor.
If B = C, you have achieved Nirvana
If C = A, You are a fool :-).

Cheeku said...

Awesome!

This comment is written by the person who I think I am and hoping that it will be read by the person who I think you are, it is actually the person who you think you are that is reading the comment that you believe was written by the person who you think I am!!!

:)
Cheeku

Usha said...

This is only the second time I have had this feeling.
The first was when I heard some character in a film ask: Paithaythukku vaidyam paakira doctorukku paithyam pudicha anda paithaythukku vaidyam pakkira doctoroda paithyathuukku enda paithyathukku vaidyam paakira doctor vaidyam pannuvar?
And the person listening to whom this Q is posed takes his shoe and jits himself on the head.
I am now looking for my shoes.

Raj said...

Escape, I am, therfore I think, ...

cheeku, thanks for making my head spin even faster..

usha, looking for shoes to beat me, or the one you think I am?

Usha said...

Hit myself or the person you think I am even though I meant to hit who I think I am!

Tempestuous said...

heh heh. I love the way you take a quote/news item from someplace and explain it only the way you can.

Seriously funny !

dipali said...

All three of me are rendered wholly speechless!

Raj said...

tempestous, thanks

dipali : thanks to all three of you, from the three of us.