The LiveReal Quiz
. . can you take it?
(Apologies to M. C. Escher)
primary political and philosophical issue of the next century
will be the definition
of who we are."
- Ray Kurzweil
"The labyrinthine and unfathomable
in the conundrum of
self-referential existence are
the young lad mused.
Article assembled by LiveReal Agent Kevin
Talk about it:
Most folks think
they know who they are.
Who are "You"?
A) I am a "regular
B) I am my name: "John."
"Mary." "Sally." "Wallace."
"Cletus." "Aunt Fanny." "Rachstendundoostikov."
My name is Sally!
I am a duck!"
C) I'm just me. (Who is "me"?)
I'm just . . . ME! I'm just . . . I don't know, just me.
I don't know. I guess I just don't get the question.
D) I am a father, mother, husband,
wife, son, daughter, niece, second-cousin, step-grandfather,
weird half-uncle ( . . . or maybe that's just a description
of your relationships).
E) I am a
lawyer, doctor, cook, carpenter, convict, cubicle slave, salsa
dancer, whore, etc. (. . . or, that's just what you do for
F) I am the
hairless singing circus midget who kissed your sister and
trains monkeys to kickbox naked. (Or actually that's just
a brief description of your height, profession, past experience,
current interest, and quantity of hair.)
G) I am who
I think I am.
H) I am not
who you think I am.
I) I am my physical
body, something that was born and will die, also described
a bag of skin, a sack of pus, a something that absorbs years
of dieting, working out, tanning, and plucking, but will eventually
get wrinkled and turn into dust despite all the exercises
we do, medicines we pills, calories we burn, raw foods we
eat, or nasty health-food shakes we drink.
J) You are your
"personality" or "character":
the funny guy, the pretty girl, the rebel, the jock, the nerd,
the stud, the artist, the outsider, the guy who eats cat food,
the girl who puts crayons up her nose, etc . . .
K) You are an
object: Your wallet, watch, clothes, appearance, reputation,
relationships, role, and what other people think about you.
L) The real
to evolutionists: An evolved animal.
to sociobiology: A puppet of the genes that are implanted
to Christian perspectives that are rarely spoken of today:
A fallen creature in a fallen state.
to the government: A taxpayer.
to companies who are selling stuff: A "consumer."
to therapists: A wounded person in need of healing.
to your boss: A small cog in a big machine.
to geneticists: A puppet of genes.
to New-Agers: The creator of the universe.
V) You are "something
more than all that." i.e. you are one of the types who
does not like to be "typecast" and wants to think
of yourself as unique, different, and special.
W) You are something
unique, different, and special.
X) You are your
Y) A spirit
and/or soul trapped inside a physical body.
Z) A body with
a spirit and/or soul trapped inside you.
AA) A human
being who is enslaved in an artificial and illusory world.
(See "The Matrix")
BB) What you
appear to be to everyone around you.
inside a bag of skin that you can't quite put your finger
DD) What originates
your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and sensations.
EE) A ghost
in a machine.
FF) A by-product
of overheated bodily chemicals.
GG) Freud: You
are an ego, trapped between a dark, primal id and a repressive
a creature with an assortment of hierarchical needs you are
programmed to spend your life satisfying.
II) An unenlightened
individual who needs to get enlightened.
JJ) An animal
with a stubborn identity crisis.
KK) A human
being who has occasional spiritual experiences.
LL) A spiritual
being who has occasional human experiences.
who actually isn't God, but
that he or she is God
who actually is God, but mistakenly thinks
that he or she is God, but
in an utterly wrong and misleading way . . . but in an entirely
different way, actually is God.
whole world." (From a quote from Hsueh-Feng: "The
whole world is nothing but you."
Great Paradox: There's nothing that's you and, at the very
same time, there's nothing that's not you. What you really
want is to have a profound experience of your own true nature.
. . "- Chuck Hillig
an individual awakens to the authentic self which is the deeper
self or soul that already exists within each and every one
of us but lies, for most of us, hidden under the fears and
desires of the separate ego
they spontaneously become conscious of the evolutionary context
that we're all part of. Prior to that awakening, the evolutionary
context is merely a cognitive understanding that we intellectually
recognize is true but have no emotional relationship to. But
when the authentic self awakens to itself, we spontaneously
discover an emotional connection to the evolutionary context
that we're a part of, and we become aware of the fact that
to evolve from a lower level of spiritual and moral development
to a higher one is the most important thing.
This discovery completely changes the way we see our own subjective experience, and also the life process itself. Because in this, we discover what could be called a moral imperative in relationship to the need to evolve. It begins to arise very spontaneously from the depths of our own soul I must evolve for the sake of evolution itself; consciousness can only evolve through me, and it won't happen unless I wholeheartedly and unconditionally give myself to that process. And this is really a new thing. Because this is nothing that has been imposed on us from outside ourselves; we have actually awakened to it. This is what's so interesting to me that when the awakening human discovers this moral imperative in relationship to the evolutionary process, then a new spiritual path has been discovered, because one has literally discovered the reason for being a human being. Why am I here? To participate in the evolutionary process, wholeheartedly and unselfconsciously, for the sake of evolution itself. And there is not a more complete or fulfilling experience of what it means to be human to be found, because it answers every question. - Andrew Cohen
SS) Meister Eckhart: "The more deeply we are our true selves, the less self is in us."
TT) St. Augustine: "Let me know myself, Lord, and I shall know Thee."
UU) None of
VV) All of the
WW) Some of
XX) Other ______________________________
Your Answer? ________________
you finish your quiz, please pass your papers to the front.
This is a quiz that, whether you know it or not,
you're kind of already taking;
you will probably be graded, but may not be;
we're not sure when or even if you'll ever find out what your
and we might know who will or won't be grading your papers,
- but then again, we may be wrong.
* “Knowing others is wisdom;
"You do not know who you are."
you know who you are?
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