Originally Posted by MisterEpicurus
What on Earth does this mean?
I can see myself if I look into a mirror, indeed I can see other people as well. This is satisfactory to assume by own existence with our without other people. Arguing about 'at least one consciousness' is making a premise which will and never has been the case.
What you see is a body, but can you define where the body begins and ends?
Presumably you take yourself to be the internal organs of the body, the bones, blood and everything else; presumably the oxygen in the blood is part of "you", the energy that "your" body derives from food, the vitamins you derive from the sun, etc, are all part of "you".
At what point though, do "you" end and does the oxygen which you inhale begin; at what point in the digestive process does the food you get energy from stop being food and start being "you"; at what point does the sunlight which your body processes stop being sunlight and start being "you"?
Is your vision a part of "you"; at what point does "your" vision end and what you see begin?
There is no actual point at which "you" end and something else begins; the universe is just one single continuum of which "you" are a part; but there is no point of separation; for there to be separate entities it would necessitate empty space in the strictest sense of the term; because if there is no empty space then there is no separation of objects.
Understanding this and relaising it are two different things; to be liberated entirely from attachment to the idea of a separate self is another thing entirely.