Visitors to the TED website or their Youtube channel some years ago may remember this presentation by Jill Bolte Taylor. The ostensible title of the presentation is "My Stroke of Insight", but what many of the people who (have) watched it probably have never noticed is that its true title is "Who are we?" If you watch the presentation closely you see that caption appear a few times in the presentation.
In the Youtube video it appears at 16:50 and 17:48. It also appears much earlier in the presentation but I will have to make the time to locate it.
So if the true title is "Who are we?" and not My stroke of insight, then what is the answer then?
Who are we?
At 16:49 she goes on to say "We are the life force power of the universe, with manual dexterity, and two cognitive minds ...". We should pause for a few monents here before we continue. We is a plural, but the life-force power is a singular. We is an identity, but the "life force power" is not something we might normally associate with an "I" entity, a sense of self, an identity.
Lets carry on. At 17:05 she continues - "Right here, right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are, I am, the life-force power of the universe. I am the life-force power, the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form ..."
Pausing again, we have to ask ourselves the question - who is it that is speaking now? Is it Jill Bolte-Taylor, or is it the life-force power being speaking as its own self, with an apparent sense of self and identity, speaking through the form of Jill Bolte-Taylor, as Jill Bolte-Taylor, or perhaps as both?
Lest we forget, the subject of discussion is Who we are, irrespective of the fact that we are dealing with a singular, the being that sees itself the life-force power of the universe.
Does it mean that the sense of self which in its sense of individuality I/We call "I", and in its sense of being part of a collective calls itself "We", are part of the same being, that within that self they have equal billing, or that the sense of "We" might have higher billing within that self?
Does it mean that when you are walking alone on a busy street, in the sense of "We" that arises or may arise when you enter into a company of friends, family, or some group with a common interest, the potentiality of seeing oneself as a collective has a greater billing within that self, that life-force power of the universe, and that you are a We, much more than you are a Me?
PS. Given that this being that we are is a singular should the question be "Who Is We?" rather than "Who Are We?", in consideration that Are connotes a plural? It must be said that this may be a feature of the English language as the plural pronoun does not exist in other languages.
To round it off here is a video from Francis Lucille you might like. I will add the audio track separately later.
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