What is Consciousness? What is Its Purpose?

WARNING: This documentary contains graphic content that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. In neuroscience and psychology, the concepts
of love and fear are more than just emotions. They relate to how the deepest unconscious
regions of our brain operate. How the reptilian brain only craves what it
lacks and is unaware of what it takes for granted. And how what we believe we lack ends up defining
what we love. And by gaining insight into the realms of
our unconscious mind and the reality that it emerges from, we are presented with a choice. “The most important decision that we make, is whether we believe we live in a friendly
or a hostile universe.” While this quote from Albert Einstein sounds
relatable, one can wonder why a man of his profound intelligence would specifically claim
this is the most important decision we make. This documentary answers that question. Tens of thousands of papers are published
each year in the field of neuroscience alone. Our knowledge and understanding of the inner
workings of our mind and of our universe is
expanding at an astounding rate. If you seek rational answers to fundamental
questions about consciousness, this documentary
could change your life. The human brain is by far the most sophisticated
phenomenon that we have been able to observe
to date in our universe. And after decades of neuroscience, we still
have endless questions about this mysterious structure that holds as many neurons as there
may be stars in our galaxy. Yet we do not have to veer far into hypotheticals
or resort to superstition to answer some of
our deepest existential questions. One of the most baffling observations has
been that some experiments seem to reveal two distinct personalities or streams of consciousness
present in our brain, one in each hemisphere. And only one of these two can talk. Under the right conditions, neurologists have
even been able to ask questions to each hemisphere separately. Resulting in cases where a person would say
he is not religious when asked in conversation. While when this person sees the question in
writing, the mute hemisphere responds by writing down its own answer. In some cases disagreeing
with the other hemisphere. Many more experiments that reveal similar
results indicate that this is more than a random oddity or hallucination, but instead
some legitimate form of split or double consciousness
taking place in our brain. Fortunately, this strange disagreement between
both hemispheres only occurs when the connection
between them is broken. As long as they are connected they try to
cooperate and create the perception that we
are a singular individual. So where exactly are we located inside the
brain? If science can pinpoint those parts of the
brain that are largely responsible for language, mathematics, specific primal emotions and
so forth, what does it say about the parts of the brain that make up the core of what
we are? Not only have scientists, despite their best
efforts, not been able to locate such a region in the brain. But all evidence even points towards this
core not existing. It has become more and more clear that in
this miniature universe of the brain, roughly a 100 billion neurons all act by themselves and communicate with each other as if the brain is an astonishingly complex vehicle without a driver. A computer without a CPU. In our quest for finding some sort of core
of what we are, we could look even deeper and zoom in on the basic building blocks of
what our brain is made of. But if we peer into the individual molecules
that make up our neurons, our findings become
even more counter-intuitive. Not only will we not find any mysterious trace
of a soul, we will also not bump into any kind of marble-like structures that high school
physics taught us are the tiny particles that
everything else is made of. You might have heard that roughly 99.9% of
all solid matter is nothing but empty space. This is true. But zooming into the .1% that should consist
of the stuff everything is made of only results in showing us a different kind of emptiness. The electrons, the quarks, all the fundamental
particles are not solid objects. Thinking of them as somehow tiny spheres is
a convenient simplification, but this does not represent the fascinating reality of this
strange quantum void. The only things that exist here are waves. Waves that behave similar to vibrations of
sound or ripples in water. But rather than oscillations of matter, the
peaks and valleys of these quantum waves are not made of anything tangible, they are waves
of probabilities. Their peaks reveal the areas where there is
a high probability of detecting the energy of what we may call an electron. Their valleys indicate that the chances there
are much lower. As bizarre as it may sound that all the building
blocks of our universe seem to behave according to chance rather than being intuitively predictable,
this is not just a theory. It is a simple fact that can be tested and
observed with nothing more than a laser pointer and a comb to replicate part of the famous
double-slit experiment. The counter-intuitiveness of this discovery
has been the root of popular misinterpretations and metaphysical confusion where it’s been
described as particles being aware and knowing that they’re being observed or the universe
being influenced by the power of our thinking. The truth is at least equally fascinating. The real principle at work is that if we can
not know where a particle is, it exists only as a probability wave that tells us where
the particle is more or less likely to be found. And only when we take action to measure where
the particle could be, the wave will suddenly cease to exist and the particle reveals itself. The particle has no defined location until
we make the measurement. This is why we say that light, for example,
is both a wave and a particle. But this quantum weirdness does not just apply
to light, it applies to all the particles that everything is made of. It also applies to molecules. If we fire super-tiny rocks instead of photons, they will behave like waves when we’re not measuring
them. We intuitively believe our universe consists
of solid stuff. But in reality, all of it, from the neurons
in our brain to the galaxy we are a part of, is the result of probability waves and particles
that pop in and out of existence. All this weirdness led Einstein to famously
say: “Do you really believe the moon is not
there when you are not looking at it?”. But no matter how weird it is, quantum theory
and all experimental evidence reveals that our universe is inherently probabilistic and things within it can not be predicted with 100% certainty. This doesn’t mean that science cannot make
accurate estimates as to what is more or less likely. The mathematics and statistics of quantum
physics reveal that the seemingly random oscillations that make up our reality are still profoundly
consistent patterns. Many of our modern technologies, such as solar
panels or microprocessors, would not have been possible if we had not deciphered much of the intricate and unique behavior of quantum mechanics. But if no specific region of the brain, nor
the neurons, nor the building blocks that our neurons consist of can account for the
phenomenon of our consciousness, what is the current scientific assessment as to what brings it about? Over the years, there have been many theories,
some of which have since been debunked with modern understandings of neuroscience, others
are considered too far-fetched and exotic to be of merit without hard evidence. But there is one general school of thought
that most scientists consider to be likely. An idea that is not only logically sound and
fits our observations, but that can transform how we think about life. Even though its implications
are thus far rarely discussed and explored. In fact, this documentary marks the first
time all these logical conclusions are brought together to bring into focus what science
can really tell us about some of our deepest existential questions. If we look at evolution, it’s not so hard
to roughly imagine how life started here on earth. 4 billion years ago, a unique series of coincidental
probabilities occurred that led to the existence of very simple biological cells that could
replicate. These were the first forms of life. And as they replicated, subtle differences
between the old cells and the new cells would crop up, mutations would take place. We see it in the genetics of offspring with
every lifeform known to us and we can trace it back in the remains and fossils not just of animals and plants, but sometimes even of bacteria of as far as 3.5 billion years ago. Microscopic crystals and fossils provide us a glimpse of life on earth before the first
plants or even algae emerged. Over billions of years of replicating and
mutating, these biological mechanisms found more and more sophisticated ways of growing
and spreading. The tiniest initial differences such as offspring
with a coincidental protein molecule that is sensitive to sunlight would end up with
eventually more beneficial mutations over many generations. 4 billion years is a very long time. Enough for extremely sophisticated results
such as the human eye to emerge from origins as simplistic as a single light-sensitive
protein molecule. As a result, even our most advanced technologies
are often still no match for some of the mechanisms that have taken evolution aeons to engineer. But when we begin to contemplate early animal
life, and observe its beautiful legacy all around us, wherein we constantly recognize
parts of our primal selves, it is tempting to wonder why in the process of evolution
there emerged this phenomenon of consciousness that has bewildered and confounded philosophers
and mystics since the dawn of humanity’s tribal structures. To approach this scientifically, we can not
allow consciousness’ elusive nature to be a reason for giving up on trying to understand it. Because if consciousness is not a magical
exception and is rather a direct or indirect consequence of evolution, just like every other the scientific conclusion is straight-forward: just like every other feature of the human brain and body, experience or consciousness is a tool that evolution has engineered for us through billions of years of mutations. Conscious forms of life showed a richer capacity
for learning and course-correcting. So evolution favored this development and nurtured it to a point where we became sentient, self-aware and capable of interpreting our
own evolutionary drives and our purpose in in ways that can even go against our own survival
if we so choose. So how would science then describe the mechanism
of consciousness? Surprisingly, most scientists do theorize
that consciousness is not simply inside our brain. Consciousness is generally considered to be
an emergent phenomenon of the brain. Meaning that consciousness happens when enough
activity takes place in the brain in a way in a way that can be compared to how music emerges
from a record player. The music is not anywhere to be found inside
the record player. Intuitively, we tend to say the music is on
the record, but even there we really only find a circular vinyl disk with peculiar grooves, it does not produce any sound or music at all. It is only when the mechanisms of the record
player are activated in a certain way that that all its activity produces an emergent phenomenon
that we call music. Consciousness is somewhat similar. We can’t physically locate it at one point or in one area. And if we zoom in on the grey matter of our
brain, we find as much evidence for consciousness as we find tiny marbles inside a molecule. None at all. Yet when billions of neurons fire and communicate
with each other, the combination of this enormous amount of activity creates the phenomenon
of consciousness. But it would seem that this is far from a
complete summary of what brings it about. Because there is an inevitable consequence
that complicates things to an incredible degree. The more this emergent feature evolved in
ways that allow it to course-correct and significantly reprogram the brain, the more it became a
feedback loop of incredible complexity. When we point a webcam at a screen that displays
its input we see a seemingly infinite pattern, the brain does something similar with the
activity from its billions of firing neurons, resulting in an unimaginable depth of iterations and permutations that gives rise to what we
call consciousness or experience. This experience is not a goal, it is simply the ultimate tool that our brain has for finding its way and coming to grips with the consistent patterns of reality. We are the unfathomably intricate interplay
of what seems like infinite loops of neural processes. Our essence may have had humble beginnings,
but it exponentially grew on its voyage down the rabbit hole of boundlessly mirroring itself
and learning from each mirror image. Our brain waves ripple and reverberate, creating
constant feedback loops of wildly varying degrees of complexity before even a single
emotion, let alone a conscious thought can emerge, which then in itself inevitably brings
about feedback loops of higher levels of abstraction where it is no longer about the interaction
and cascade of neurochemical processes, but also of language, ideas and concepts that
then allow such magnitudes of recursive thinking that we become capable of observing and dissecting
the patterns of our own existence. We are incomparably more than the sum of our
parts. Which is why our evolution so greatly favored
this extraordinary capacity for reasoning and intuition and why it promoted us from
biological machines to sentient architects of our own future, tasked with making the
right decisions for ourselves and for our species. We are a feedback loop that is, depending
on how we choose to live, to greater or lesser
extent aware of its own mechanisms. We must also factor in the brain’s remarkable
ability for changing itself. This is called neuroplasticity. Whatever it is that we are doing at any point
in time, we are training our brain to become better at performing those actions, for better
or for worse. While more pronounced at early age, neuroplasticity
and even neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells, continues to take place throughout
our lives, shaping and reshaping the hardware of our consciousness every step of the way. And while human beings have a remarkable capacity
for rationality, enabling us to fly rockets to the moon and build incredible machinery
that allows us to dissect the fabric of the universe, we are also very emotional creatures. As we grow up, we for a big part learn and
shape our behavior through basic Pavlovian conditioning. In the famous psychological experiment by
Ivan Pavlov, a basic observation was that a dog tends to salivate as soon as he recognizes
learned indicators hinting that he may be rewarded with a treat. Same mechanisms are present in the reward
system of the human brain. As children, we innocently want to understand
the world. But if trying to understand things is not
rewarding enough, our brain adopts other strategies. An unfortunate phenomenon often observed in
psychology and also once famously described by Carl Sagan is that kindergartners or first-grade
kids tend to be sincere science enthusiasts with a genuine sense of wonder as they question
everything around them. But talk to children in the 12th grade and
much of this curiosity has become extinguished. If our natural tendency to logically question
things is discouraged and we are instead rewarded for actions that we often don’t see the meaning of, the brain adapts to this and gradually gives up on independent logical inquiry. Instead, we become disproportionately dedicated
to seeking approval of others. Our opinions, our identity, our way of life
ends up depending on how we are judged by our social circle and by society at large. At the time of recording this documentary, fake news, post-truth and so-called ‘alternative facts’
are much discussed topics. But these are mere symptoms of a much deeper
problem. One that goes beyond misinformation and imperfect
social media algorithms. And while we may not be aware of it, the Pavlovian
conditioning from our contemporary culture deeply defines how we look at life and by
extension how we intuitively perceive consciousness. To understand just how much culture constantly
evolves while it shapes our behaviors and beliefs, it can be helpful to look at how
much has changed even in recent history. Only around 15 years ago it was controversial
to ban smoking and cellphones were considered inappropriate for teenagers or for use on
public transport. Ten years ago we could barely imagine why
anyone would want to put random thoughts along with personal pictures on the Internet for
everyone to see. Now just about everyone including parents and grandparents have active Facebook
accounts. And in only a few years, taking selfies went
from a strange and narcissistic habit to a cultural norm. Keeping this in mind may then make it less
surprising when we consider that up until around 300 years back, people would brand
a great deal of our most commonplace routines as selfish, decadent and morally corrupt. As trivial and innocent of an act like buying
a box of our favorite cereals would fall into this category. While society gradually improves and evolves
over large periods of time, our culture takes many twists and turns along the way, some of which move us closer to valuing facts over fiction, some of which do not. Nevertheless, our conditioning lays much of
the groundwork for the operating system of our brain. In a constellation of brain regions known
as the Default Mode Network, information is constantly being processed even when we are seemingly at rest. This is partially why social conditioning
can have a profound impact on us while we are unaware of it. Our current mainstream culture is generally
defined as individualism, which finds its origins in the industrial revolution not long ago. And just as in previous eras, we go as far
as to sometimes rewrite history to fit our current narrative and we repurpose ancient
sayings such as “Carpe Diem” to support our beliefs. The complete sentence of the old latin poem
roughly translates to “do what you can today, to make tomorrow better” and it had no connection
with indulging in personal desires. While our scientific progress can tell us
a lot about the brain and even to significant extent about consciousness, our culture is
currently not so much geared towards trying to understand what we are. It is instead more focused on celebrating
the pursuit of fashionable personal interests. Ranging from material possessions to impressing our social circle, from momentary thrills to romantic adventures. The individual’s desire and its freedom to
pursue it is currently our most cherished ideal. Many aspects of our society, most of all our economy, rely on our pursuit of these popularized objectives. Aside from rare exceptions like a futuristic
tv series about a unified humanity working to advance the species, culture has a way
of submerging us in signals that make us believe, without question, that the way we currently
perceive things is simply the way it has always been or at least the way it’s meant to be. Not so long ago, we believed people of color were always inferior, the world was always flat and the gods always controlled the skies. In a cultural setting such as this, the brain’s
reward system becomes, in a sense, disconnected from its purpose. Throughout evolution, the ways in which our
DNA has mutated and our brain has expanded have all been part of the same process: all these mechanisms simply try to overcome the obstacles in their path. Life fundamentally tries to align itself with
reality, genetically and biologically, instinctively
and intellectually. As children, the way we try to align ourselves
with reality is by imitating others, parents, friends, teachers and various cultural influences. The older and the more aware we become, the more capable our brain becomes at independently recognizing patterns and making abstractions. A duality arises. We possess the intelligence to grasp the consequences of our actions and of our inaction. Yet our Pavlovian reward-seeking urges pull
us in other directions, such as living up to the expectations of society and family. We feel fragile and dependent on the judgment
of others because our reward system values their approval more than logical deduction. We feel little satisfaction or even discouragement
when acting upon our own independent rational judgment. This confusing duality is a natural consequence
of a society wherein we never really grow up. We seek the approval of our guardians when
we are young. And we continue to seek approval of whichever
forces take over as we grow older. We become eternal validation-seekers. Neurons cluster together to create hierarchies
that end up determining the things we value most. In recent years, neuroscientists are even
beginning to come up with mathematical formulas that describe the exact way in which these
hierarchies are formed and how they process information. Different clusters of neurons talk to each
other in a beautifully organized fashion, to, among other things, figure out whether or not the reward system should be activated. A process that largely depends on our conditioning
and differs for each person. Learning what someone’s reward system is primarily drawn to, often makes their behavior surprisingly
easy to map and understand. We can much better comprehend the cold-heartedness
of a career-fixated individual if success or social validation is what he or she craves
more than anything else. Or the sacrifice of someone who spends all
resources helping siblings or parents if family is this person’s core drive. The blindness of a person who primarily chases
romantic adventures or the carelessness of a hedonistic thrill-seeker. We often create many additional rationales
around our actions to obscure our fundamental motivation. The collection of these rationalizations is
what constitutes our identity. Throughout our lives we may encounter milestones where our core value changes as a result of a paradigm shift or an identity crisis. Analyzing one’s own actions over the years
through deep reflection or the practice of writing down an overview of one’s key choices
in life can easily reveal what this core value
is for you. This can be an experience that is both enlightening
and sobering as it makes us see that our choices are rarely informed by the rationalizations
we afterwards come up with. They are mostly the result of a childish attachment that lurks in our subconscious. And the more self-aware we become, the more we feel a dissatisfaction with the pursuit of hollow goals. But this is not a deterministic trap that
we cannot escape from. We live in a probabilistic universe where
nothing is set in stone. Rather than vaguely philosophize about the
nature of free will, we can deduce that the that feedback loop of consciousness plays an active
role in processing information and making decisions. It has a say in what our most deeply rooted
core motivations are. Concepts and ideas only have power over us
when we emotionally invest and hold on to them. This brings up the question: in light of all
this knowledge, how do we correct our course? How do we truly find meaning in our lives
and experience the kind of fulfilment that most of us only catch glimpses of from time to time? It turns out that science has more answers
in these regards than is commonly assumed. It is widely understood that logic is our most
powerful ally in understanding and approaching reality. More than a cold and blunt instrument for
calculation, it is the closest thing to a force that holds our universe together. Our advances in physics continue to reveal
a mathematical framework underpinning anything and everything in our reality. Without these consistent patterns, nothing
would exist. Without its exquisite dance of aeons of genetic
iterations, we would not be able to think or feel. We often see logic as the opposite of emotion,
but instead it is the engine of our emotions and it provides reliable answers when we are
frustrated or confused. Logic is what creates rhythm or structure, it is fundamental in the melody of music and the colors and symmetry of flowers. It creates biological machinery so intricate
and rich that they can become self-aware, capable of love and selflessness and able to observe the majestic logical patterns that created them. We can trace our origins and the molecules
in our body back to the stars in which they were created and see that we are all connected. Over billions of years, these molecules configured themselves into complex units that we call human beings. These units are like cells in the body of
humanity, wired to evolve and move it forward. This is why we have a deep desire to find
meaning, to find an existential equilibrium: Evolution has fundamentally programmed us so that we want our beliefs to align with reality. Logic is, in a sense, the prime directive
of our consciousness. We must value it as such if we want to break
free from the clutches of hollow reward mechanisms. Evolution has put the feedback loop of experience in control of our brain. We make the calls. And while we intuitively navigate reality
with the compass of our reward system, we can change how this system operates. This is what happens in paradigm shifts or
identity crises. In religious transformations or in the minds
of many first-time parents. The reward system shifts its dominant focus. It’s easy to think in absurd stereotypes when
we imagine a person primarily driven by logic. But for human beings, it would only be illogical to suppress emotions or disregard human needs. Instead, what is logical for humans is to
act in ways that are most efficient for the benefit of ourselves and of humanity. Part of the reasons why meditation and mindfulness
practices have scientifically measureable health and psychological benefits is precisely because they somewhat disconnect us from attachments that constantly take up mental energy and
generate dissonance. They also shift the brain’s activity from
its Default Mode Network to what is called the Task-Positive Network and it allows us to more easily be selfless, clear-headed and focused. The simple act of intently putting focus on
our breathing throughout the day is enough to make this happen. It creates an awareness that is often described
as ‘being in the present’ or being in a state of flow, wherein rather than identifying with
our thoughts, we become an observer of them and are much more inclined to follow reason
over impulse. We become more capable of adjusting our beliefs and making conscious choices that rewire our brain’s reward system. We can observe clear improvements in how, over the centuries, common subconscious core values have shifted away from things like
superstition. Perhaps at some point in our future, our cultures
will find common ground in simply valuing logic. As a society, we’re currently still too obsessed with trivial differences and preferences to make such a drastic leap. But as individuals, we’re fortunate to live
in a time where we have the freedom to question our cultural beliefs and choose our own path. Even our core values that hold tremendous
power over us and have been ingrained in our minds through decades of conditioning can be changed. While core values don’t just change automatically, here is how one could adopt a more logic-oriented mindset. The first step would be to ensure one has
a genuine appreciation for logic, something that much of the audience watching this video may already have. It can be profoundly inspiring to learn about how logic underpins everything in the vast and intricate complexity of our universe and it can also be empowering to realize, as you learn, that even when we don’t know them,
the logical answers to our questions exist. It also helps to be aware that science and
logic are not about certainties but about finding out what is most likely. Our universe is a probabilistic phenomenon. Even a hypothetically perfect simulation could not predict with complete certainty how events would unfold. There is a profound sense of acceptance in
acknowledging that nothing is ever truly certain, but with our brain’s ability to reason, we
can come up with pretty good approximations of what the best course of action is at every
point in our lives. This first step can be achieved simply by
reflection or learning about logic and science from books and documentaries or rewatching this video. Step 2 is to identify your current core value. Find what emotionally drives you. In this step, you pinpoint what it is that
throughout your life your reward system has turned into its primary focus. It could simply be comfort, success or social validation. Making the conscious leap to adopt logic as a core value is step 3. This resolution is not about just implementing new habits but rather about fundamentally committing to doing the right thing at any
time, depending on your knowledge and the logical connections you make. Finding the courage and truly making this
click can be a euphoric or liberating experience. There is a wealth of knowledge and insight
available online on how this can be achieved for those who find it difficult. Although this difficulty is often an illusion
that simply takes some bravery to overcome. What has been observed thus far among people who go through this transformation is that is that those who ultimately make this leap with the intention of elevating their experience will eventually lose this newfound awareness. This is not due to a lack of discipline, but
rather due to a fundamental misunderstanding regarding consciousness that we are deeply conditioned with. It is a fallacy that most of us never verbalize or are even aware of and that sits at the heart of our misconceptions regarding our experience. You believe that there is a ‘you’ inside the
brain. Even as you watch this video, you’ve most
likely concluded at least subconsciously that there is still a ‘you’ in the ever-changing feedback loop of consciousness. That while we are an unfathomably complex and rich phenomenon of continuous information processing and near infinite iteration and
transmutation, that somehow at every instant and in every loop, a defining part of us survives. We believe this even though most cells in
our body die and are replaced over and over. The electrons that buzz through our neurons to generate our ongoing experience do not exist in any solid or intuitive sense of the
word and scientists find no trace of a self inside our brain. Each second, the consciousness that emerges from the grey matter mechanisms behind our eyes is different, sometimes unrecognizably
so, from what it was a second before. The truth is every moment we are a new entity
that existed only for that one single moment and will never manifest itself again. No experience can truly be replicated, no identity can ever reflect an ever-changing synergy and there is no self or I that can
persist in the endless stream of experience. Not even for an instant. The only place where there resides some notion of the imagined self, is in the proteins that were synthesized to store a memory of a moment that once occurred. As if the feedback loop of consciousness at that moment wrote in the machinery of our neurons: “I was here”, so that the next iteration, the next loop that a new experience emerges from, might learn from it. But from fixating on faulty concepts of what we are, on stories of a phantom that we define as the self, we learn nothing of value. It is fascinating that sometimes science and ancient esoteric wisdoms seem to meet. The idea that there is no actual self is not
a new one. But it is one that is logical and has gained
more scientific support than other schools of thought. Life and death are concepts that do not seem
to apply in the ways that we think they do. Beyond outdated philosophical or religious
notions, we have no reasons at all to believe the human organism is inhabited by a spirit, but rather by a near-infinity of consciousnesses over time. And each manifestation is much more than a mere expression of our brain’s neural activity. It is a culmination of all the interaction
that led to its emergence. Consciousness does not emerge from the brain like a genie from a bottle. In fact, without any influence from society,
in cases where children grow up in isolation, not raised by humans but among animals, the
brain does not adapt to the use of language and becomes forever incapable of speaking
or even conceptually thinking in the ways that we constantly do. So much of what we tend to label as intrinsic personality can not even exist on a basic level without sufficient interaction. Consciousness emerges from the vast interplay of stardust becoming aware, aeons of genetic mutation, thousands of generations laying the groundwork of language and culture necessary to form complex thoughts and finally, our
current society’s conditioning, education, social influences and parental guidance. All elements combine to generate electrochemical fireworks inside our neurons to eventually create these instances of experience. All of it is interconnected. There are no limits or borders in what is
a part of our existence. Nothing is external. Even from a basic neurological perspective,
everything takes place within our consciousness. It comes as no surprise then that the most
intellectually and emotionally satisfying programming that our brain is capable of running is fundamentally selfless. The more we dismantle the hologram of our imaginary self, the more easily we accept our evolutionary drive to care for others and the more capable we are of understanding the sinister foundation of our individualist
conditioning. Our history is full of examples where mainstream narratives successfully hypnotize us into complacency and inaction as they attempt to blind or distract us from the damage we are doing. Some of the most iconic examples, the holocaust
and slavery, took place within the past few generations. Our inner selfish monster that we create as
a coping mechanism for our fears and uncertainties does not reflect what we really are. Even though its influence runs deep, since we begin the process of identifying and labeling
ourselves very early on in life. As children, we don’t know any better and we often end up blaming ourselves for things that were either beyond our control or actions that we did not yet understand the consequences of. We gradually and subconsciously create flawed
beliefs that inhibit us. But beneath all of this remains what analytical
psychology calls the inner child. This is why many forms of therapy and meditation
focus on seeing our thoughts and emotions, even our mind, as separate from us. These practices have been well documented
to have profound effects on us. The more mindful we are, the more easily we
see our own values and beliefs as an observer, which allows us to change the ones that hold
us back. We are continuously flooded by subtle and
less subtle indicators that signal our subconsciousness and strengthen our belief that our experience is what matters most. We celebrate kindness and generosity strictly
within specific cultural confines, where the narrative is usually as follows: human beings might be inherently selfish, but since doing good feels good, we’re not so bad after all. Simply hearing or saying this can summon positive
emotions. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see this message applied in charity campaigns or for example during Christmas. It’s been repeated to us in literal as well
as subliminal ways to the point that it became an omnipresent and oddly comforting belief that unfortunately has gaping inconsistencies and horrific implications. It’s an unspoken slogan of the individualist
ideology that programs obedient consumers to only care when they stand to benefit themselves. It is perhaps the worst form of indoctrination when society makes us believe that the reason why we should primarily pursue selfish interests, is because we are not really capable of anything else. As we grow up, this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Because by valuing experience above all, we
legitimately turn into a population of selfish drones. And in the finest tradition of cultural obedience, many of us then defend ourselves when we hear of claims of selfless acts. These things do not really exist, many of
us say. Ignoring even the most obvious and common scenarios of parents who truly care for their children and gladly diminish the quality of
their own experience for them. This is where we awkwardly catch glimpses of the uneasy and unspoken agreement that binds us. We know that our ideology is a facade. A collection of excuses that we let ourselves and each other get away with. The 1% may benefit the most, but the greatest conspiracy of modern civilization does not come from the top. It is a collaboration that we all subconsciously agreed to and are sometimes uncomfortably aware of. In this ecosystem, the rare exceptions of
those who at some point truly value something more than experience easily end up conflicted. For a while, they may feel driven to fight
for a cause or sacrifice their luxuries for
a noble objective. But as soon as they somewhat ponder their
actions within a greater context, the compass of their intuition fails to come up with convincing answers as to whether they are truly doing what is right, making their endeavor unsustainable. We fall back on excuses that are so commonly accepted, we almost fully believe we should indeed trust and value our experience above all else. This makes us deeply vulnerable to all kinds of manipulation. Governments and corporations can dictate our behavior without advanced strategies or conspiracies. Politicians can scare us with insultingly
inaccurate claims and we will happily consume and we well happily consume poisonous substances if presented along with imagery of laughter and joy preferably from celebrities. Our indoctrination has made us pampered and passive. With this broken compass, we find ourselves somewhat puzzled when we reflect upon historical horrors like the holocaust: why did so few of the guards who witnessed the atrocities of concentration camps do something? How come they blindly obeyed orders and murdered
millions, either by pulling the trigger or simply assisting, making them guilty of the atrocities that were committed. Indoctrination can make us ignorant and the
sleep of reason can produce monsters. But we are not children any more. As adults, we are perfectly aware, sometimes
painfully so, that actions have consequences. Therefore, when we consider an individual who willingly keeps someone in a dungeon to die of starvation, we universally consider it wrong or evil. But when we become aware of the death and suffering that’s been locked away in our own dungeon of ignorance, we ourselves become evil if we do not take action. In a world with a continuous stream of tragic events that we can easily influence, wherein we no longer need to risk our lives in order to make a difference, our inaction kills on a daily basis. While we mentally recite to ourselves the mantras we’ve been taught: “There’s not much we can do.” “We are not responsible.” “They are far away.” “Perhaps they even deserved it.” For all our progress, we can sound eerily
similar to horrific echoes of the past: “We didn’t know.” “We were just following orders.” Our culture has installed in our brains a
colossal switchboard of excuses. And there are many options for every occasion. It begins when we, as children, start to recognize the absurdity of many of the expectations placed upon us and innocently look for ways to dodge them. It becomes less innocent as we become more aware. Most of us grow older but don’t grow up. Because it’s not in our society’s best interest to guide us into maturity. There is no profit to be made from it. So we band together in how we excuse our behavior and silently agree to conceal each other’s hypocrisy. Confrontations that do take place are met
with empty defenses: “What about you?” “What about the government?” “I have to think about my future.” “This offends me.” “This is my belief.” “This is my opinion.” But whether arguing against global warming or vaccinations, for socialism or capitalism, for social justice or against political correctness, our opinions and beliefs do not dictate reality. Our identities and our rhetoric are meaningless
compared to the consequences of our inaction. And our innocent strategy of excuses that
once allowed us to skip our homework is no longer innocent among adults who are confronted with reality. That mechanism has run its course. The only teacher who now has authority to
assign our tasks and judge our excuses is our own inner voice of reason. When we selflessly resolve to adopt logic
as a core value, it sets us free from our fragile dependence of the judgment of others. Responsibility is simply a principle of acting in line with our ever-expanding knowledge and rationality. It does not depend on intersubjectivity. It is not dictated by our culture, our social
circle or politicians. Nor is it dependent on our fabricated freedom of choice. And many of the most historical acts of bravery came from those who took a stand for what is right, even in the face of adversity and cultural disparity. Such a profoundly selfless resolution can
seem scary, as it threatens all the conditioned attachments that emerge in a culture where
enjoyable feelings are considered the ultimate goal. But it leads to far more fulfilment than chasing our positive emotions like a carrot on a stick, as our ideology demands. In cases of drug addiction, usually only those who feel they have little else to live for become dependent on addictive substances. We’ve been led to believe the lie that the meaning of life is to chase the carrot of good emotions. But even with only our intuition, we feel
that this endless chase doesn’t make much sense. The pay-off is never great enough. And those who choose to believe in a more
selfless and logical objective ironically tend to experience much more fulfilment in
their lives. It’s a principle that has inspired ancient
spiritual concepts such as karma or heaven and hell: those who care most about their
own indulgences end up haunted or tormented by their own self-interest. But in modern cognitive psychology, it is
not just an esoteric idea. There is a huge range of academic research and literature on the subject, usually described in terms of the scarcity mindset and its opposite,
the abundance mindset. The brain operates in a mode of scarcity when we feel that there are things we lack. This is perhaps one of our brain’s most ancient survival mechanisms and it’s been well established that, while this can sharpen our focus, it also tends to take up enormous amounts of what is called ‘mental bandwidth’. It hijacks our brain. It literally makes us less intelligent, more
self-centered and even drops our IQ. And every day, we are exposed to a near infinite array of societal impulses that are designed to lock us into this mental state. From a very young age onwards, we are deeply programmed with a set of requirements that must be fulfilled in order for us to experience abundance. Requirements that are often so elusive, that we become mostly entrapped in the scarcity mindset. But as soon as we see through this, which
can be achieved in many ways, we are able to distinguish truth from indoctrination, to dispel our confusion and dissolve our apathy. This presents us with a choice on how we lead our lives. If we make life about ourselves, we choose
to see everything through a lens of what we
can take rather than give back. But we intuitively sense that we’re not doing
what is right and feel unworthy of being truly loved. And we either attempt to make peace with this or we succumb to insecurity and prefer to obfuscate the truth. But if love is defined as unconditional giving then love is all around us. It is in the structures left behind by our
ancestors and the heritage of our grandparents. It is in the care our parents have given us and the cells that make up what we are. It is in the social structures and the safety
nets that are forged into laws to protect us. It’s in the sun that shines and the infinite
beauty that includes us. If we choose to be what we are and see our
life for what it truly is, then we realize it’s about much more than just us. It is about caring and doing what is right. About giving back and using our understanding to combat ignorance. It is about trusting in our ability to do
so, trusting in our true selves. And letting ourselves be guided by our intuition, which knows right from wrong. No matter what challenges we face, when our heart guides us with reason on its side, our imagined problems fade away. Behind everything there is a logical reason
we can find when we choose to follow curiosity rather than fear. We don’t have to feel regret or guilt when
we know our intentions are pure and we did the best we could at the time with the knowledge that we had. But it begins with a choice. A choice between pretense or honesty. Between fabricated scarcity or the abundance
of reality. Making life about ourselves or seeing that
it is not about you. A choice that is yours to make. The world can seem like a cold and dark place when this knowledge leads us to recognize
the selfish motives behind people’s actions and how it causes idealistic movements to
scatter and fall apart. But with these insights, those who choose
to not make life about themselves can seek out and trust each other. This documentary illustrates how everyone
has this choice. But it will require a global movement where
those who truly care take action, organize and unite to bring about real change.

100 thoughts on “What is Consciousness? What is Its Purpose?

  1. You are smart with what u did. You understand how to make others think what u are want to them think. IHUKWIATA

  2. Kurt Gödel had some interesting things to say about logic. Did you just assume that consciuness comes from matter?

  3. What I found by applying logic to things, conversation, accidents… Pretty much just about everything is that in the eyes others you come across as an asshole or arrogant Or both. Reason can only be, stupidity outways a logical thinker. There far more people who don't analize what has transpired, why that happened, why they behave a certain way, why they require external validation ratherthen just simply apply logic.

  4. at 14:57 "Experience or consciousness is a tool" I have been thinking about this myself lately… this exact question. Is consciousness a tool needed in this Experience. My idea arose in noticing that the word CON is in consciousness. Our language as science discovers is encoded (gematria) and words can have more than one meaning (etymology). But my main thought here is that Consciousness is not a part of Spirit, but rather a tool that is required in material reality in order to experience the "illusory" Nature of Reality. without Consciousness this material reality could not be perceived. edit: I haven't listened past 14:57 yet, because I stopped to write this thought/question, will be interesting to hear what you think.

  5. Hmm.. what the double slit experiment indicates to me is that consciousness plays a role in the collapse of the waves into solids (particles). It follows then that for evolution or anything before that to have started at all there must exist a universal consciousness. For without this everything should exist in a state of probability and nothing should exist at all.
    The reason the moon is there even when you are not looking is because of this universal consciousness.
    This universal consciousness created all things and we partake in creation by manipulating or building on what exists.

  6. Empty space omg hello out there can u hear me, empty don't existe, every metter its make of metter belive or not

  7. I think that consciousness is Self awareness. If you want to know more about this topic. Watch the video in my channel. 'Illuminati matrix__A prison for your mind'. 😘

  8. A few years ago I made a little video about what is consciousness. 'There's only one of us'. It will explain to you what is consciousness.

  9. Consciousness is Earths and was made to be aware of the impending doom we are about to face and to prepare for the evacuation of earth people and find a new home. Earth created us to have consciousness to start creating an exit plan. We were made to survive extinction.

  10. Can any of the like minded people suggest some more of such channels? Not just on youtube anywhere. Thanks

  11. Your voice is absolutely fucking cancer for documentary I honestly want to fucking smash you neck in with a hammer , you make the information extremely painful to try and take in , please die

  12. It is the collection of thoughts.
    All possible thoughts.

    Thoughts within thoughts, within thoughts.

    The whole reason for this is to answer the complete question.

    "what am i"

  13. Now God
    grant I speak suitably
    and value these endowments at their worth;

    For he is the guide of Wisdom
    and the director of the wise,
    For both we and our words are in his hand,
    as well as all prudence and knowledge of crafts.
    For he gave me sound knowledge of existing things,
    that I might know the organization of the universe
    and the force of its elements,
    The beginning and the end and the midpoint of times,
    the changes in the sun's coarse and the variations of the seasons.
    Cycles of years, positions of the stars, natures of animals,
    tempers of beasts, Powers of the winds
    and thoughts of men,
    uses of plants and virtues of root-
    Such things as are hidden I learned,
    and such as are plain;
    for Wisdom,
    the artificer of all, taught me.
    For in her is a spirit intelligent,
    holy, unique, Manifold,
    subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain, Not baneful,
    loving the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
    Firm, secure, tranquil,
    And pervading all spirits,
    though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
    For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
    and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
    For she is an aura of the might of God
    and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
    therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
    For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
    the spotless mirror of the power of God,
    the image of his goodness.
    And she, who is one, can do all things,
    and renews everything while herself perduring.
    And passing into holy souls from age to age,
    she produces friends of God and prophets.
    For there is nought God loves,
    be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.
    For she is fairer than the sun
    and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
    Compared to light, she takes precedence;
    for that, indeed, night supplants,
    but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.
    Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily.
    And governs all things well.
    she understands the turns of phrases and the solutions of riddles;
    signs and wonders she knows in advance
    and the outcome of times and ages.

    For the deliberations of mortals are timid,
    and unsure are our plans.
    For the corruptible body burdens the soul
    and the earthen shelter
    weighs down the mind that has many concerns.
    And scarce do we guess the things on earth,
    and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;
    but when things are in heaven,
    who can search them out?

    Jesus O Savior
    I know not if you are real
    Come live in me ..
    Save me
    Amen and Amen

    Revelations 22:17
    The Spirit and the bride say.
    Let the hearer say,
    Let the one who thirsts
    come forward,
    and the one who wants
    receive the gift
    of life giving water.

    Mari Samuelsen – Max Richter

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  15. what a bunch of nonsense a unique series of coincidental probabilities ha ha ha, a series denotes order so how can it be a coincidence? Evolutionists are sick in the head.

  16. You started off well, then went to talking shit about the eye evolving. When it is more complex than a computer .a billion years can't help some people learn sense judge a bacteria lol👎🤣🤣

  17. All there is, is consciousness. All this effort and you missed the most fundamental truth of all. Energy is consciousness at a lower frequency of vibration and matter is energy at an even lower rate of vibration. There is only ONE CONSCIOUSNESS divided many times and the universe (or more accurately multi-verse) is a holographic playground for this ONE consciousness to explore.

  18. The materialistic perspective is… tenacious. i like the production of this video regarding its imagary – top notch.. The baratone voice with extra bass for dramatic effect is initially compelling but soon feels manipulative, like an attempt to hypnotise. The use of the term coincidence on several occassions is convenient yet dishonest or at least shortsighted. With so many great videos stemming from quantum biology, it might seem quite obvious that the core message would be more sophisticated. Why does anything exist? That is the first question. "Consciousness as a direct or indirect consequence of evolution…" (14:42 min) is where the assumption begins. It suggests randomness or chance is the driving force of evolution. This is yjr masjor flaw, the assumption, the limitation and it is a driving force position among scientists convinced of the material core of existwence. Yet, in the very beginning, he himslef refers to the immateriality of materilaity. This, it is a core contradction to the entire premise.

  19. If you just didn't use a phony Sagan, voice….
    I might've enjoyed the show but
    Instead you get all the thumbs down. Sic.

  20. I believe sound, vibration and frequencies hold the key to deeper understanding and the universe, not math.

  21. In the first three minutes he misquoted Einstein and we have about 100 billion neurons in our head… There are at least 100 billion galaxies, so yeah, there are many more stars then we have neurons… Speech emanates from BOTH hemispheres not one… What the fuck are we watching? This guy knows dick… Does he talk like this in all of his videos? He talks as if he has an ice pick in his forehead… I can't watch this crap…

  22. Consciousness is not emergent. Physicality is emergent.
    Consciousness is not in the brain. The brain is in consciousness.
    This is why it is so "mysterious." You will never understand it by starting from the a priori axiomatic stance that it comes out of the universe. It doesn't. The universe IS consciousness.

  23. So, logic is the basis, huh? And consciousness is the emergent phenomenon? Hmm. Think you got it backward, guys. No wonder you think it's all such a mystery. This is what creates confusion. Great video. Well, produced. But, ultimately, an hour of talking to say absolutely nothing at all.

  24. This is amazing!❤️
    It explains exactly how the Bible is real because it is a mirrored image of repeating history. It’s time for the 2nd coming very soon!!!

  25. The brain and consciousness I think are totally separate. The consciousness is what lives on with memories communication ect . The brain I think is just a body part to help us control our body here in the 3-d earth .

  26. This is one of the most profound, eye opening awakenings I believe I have delved in to. Listening to it over and over, I keep picking up new epiphanies that are awesome! Thank you for this! If this video doesn't give one a reality check, I don't know what will. Sure gave me a few! Outstanding!

  27. I am at 18 minutes, the narration is very trying, and so far the script is so-so, but the visuals are excellent, and I give you Kudos for attempting to explain consciousness. Meher Baba wrote a book called God Speaks, it is about the evolution and purpose of consciousness. Fortunately it doesn't try to use scientific concepts to prove anything. It comes from a direct source of knowledge.

  28. I am so happy and grateful that money 💰 comes to me in increasing quantities through multiple sources on a continuous bases ‼️💚💰🌱🐢🌱

  29. Consciousness in the physical brain? LMAO!!! REALLY? BWAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! How about the soul in the heart? This is very atomistic.

  30. This is the most socialist, racist, bigoted, Marxist and fascist. ( I also know what those terms mean.) I've ever seen at this long of play. It was doing great, for the first 35 – 45 minutes. Then it totally went Marxist. It totally went, you're not yourself because your synapses firing off. Aren't in a consistent enough feedback loop to count as having a self. Then it got worse from there. Then we are not ourselves, that we are DNA. That's the most racist thing I've heard since, the committee a couple of weeks ago, talking about reparations. To even believe that the human animal is able. An willing, as a whole species. To flip on a dime as you talk. Small minded very small-minded. It's killed hundreds of millions of people in the 20th century. Not just little old German. We don't talk about the other atrocities of the 20th century. Because we didn't do anything about it.. The path to hell is paved with good intentions… KAG 2020

  31. The narrator lies too much… should not make absolute statements about theories that have yet to be demonstrated as true. More scientific language such as SEEMS and APPEARS rather than IS could have been used. This seems to be an attempt to get people to accept a specific theory/point of view as if it has already been proven true… very religious way of dealing with facts.

  32. our civilization is based in lies and retarded believes ;we are assisting to the human devolution;we have lost harmony;real knowledge;and honesty to ourselves;we are born in a sick society and we pretend to be the smartness ;we pretend to be the superior specie;when we are a contaminated specie;destroying us and everything around us;we drawn in fear and insecurity;so for that we shall never reach the so called consciousness or evolution;we have failed as a specie on this planet;and cover ourselves with the cape of hypocrisy ;how pathetic indeed

  33. The BEST VIDEO EVER!!! I feel that watching this video should be a requirement in schools, jobs, and rehab centers! ❤️❤️ Love to all!❤️❤️



    A.. ATOM

  35. I don't know why since a damm child I was always searching, studying things like this. I thought my life would be full of riches and bliss but it brings me to that saying. Before enlightenment, chopping wood, after enlightenment chopping wood lol.

  36. The brain is a product of higher intelligence, not the creator of intelligence. That consciousness being a universal feature is the reason the human brain developed a natural tendency to seek the reason, purpose for existence of intelligent life.

  37. Okay but this is the foundation of almost all religions. (I'm talking about the conclusion, the logical goal)

  38. An abundance of verifiable empirical information in this video and its a great upload… Thanks! But if I may I'm of the opinion that neither science nor religion will ever discover why self awareness, consciousness exists. Peace!

  39. Our purpose, based on logic , is to evolve, We know that by lessening the entropy in our species, would be the firs step of evolution. Easily done when a majority of the population Groove as One. No borders, no separate cultures while Grooving, the sum of the whole will be more powerful than the numbers of Groovers!! Groovbre we must!! www.groovism.org broadcasts The One, currently YouTube clips for specific Groove needs. to Be looped!!

  40. Hmmmm, I dunno…an hour and 8mins…let me read the comments because it's got a lot of thumbs down votes…if the comments are full of "Amen!" and "Praise God!", I'm outa here. Hmmmm…not seeing that. What to do what to do.

  41. You need the keys to access the ether, then enlightenment will show you the love and truth…. DMT, LSD , synthetic marijuana, Mushrooms, the best one is crystal meth combined with weed….

  42. Bravo! what an awesome documentary!!! Out of ALL the ones i have seen, this IS the best! this is how it was all supposed to be from the beginning…we are soooo lost! great job! thank you

  43. There is an self . It cannot be measured as it is since it's in the form of light energy. A wave of energy that can be wieaghed I've heard but I know we can exist outside the body cus have several times and was aware of myself . Being not in the body which I was not aware of only the body which appeared the same to the t. But I was aware of my soul being me . So experienced says he is wrong about that one

  44. I'm programming an evolving digital lifeform that explores consciousness:
    https://youtu.be/gaFKqOBTj9w join in the journey! Stay tuned….

  45. The human brain (a biological Interface) is based on "Double Logic", this why we suffer, our body malfunctions, and the human body dies.

  46. I believe this is the most valuable thing I have ever watched. And, it is the first time I've ever said that. I will begin to adopt those principles as much and as quickly as is possible for me to do so. Thanks for the presentation. It was well done.

  47. This video should have at least 14 billion views, because every living person should see this twice. Or more times.
    Good video AtheneWins!

  48. Evolution is religious dogma. What is one Unit of Selective Pressure?. Somehow from the primordial soup, we get space shuttles and Bach and NYC? The whole notion of evolution is ridiculous

  49. I dont see how human anything is expanding…when the humans are so primative…in the comments section some of the comments are very simple minded…primative non thinking responcesess…almost animalistic…proving they have no spiritual growth….obviously threy are blind to universal truth….the existential guestion is my field…how you learned of it is annoying….my existential question is..how are we connected to every thing ?….its in my book….

  50. My comment is to challenge you to come out of your complacency….that word means a self satisfied smug attitude of ones achievements…once there a man will not budge …and will do nothing to spiritually evolve…pavlov is wrong…not all dogs salivate when seeing the treat…humans are not dogs…the observation reduces man to the level of a dog…think !…

  51. Again…think..this voice is a robot…and it can think and spell..Although !!..it is still learning and said three simple words into one word…the words were…we..can..do..it…..he said wecandoeate….errie ..most if these narrators are robots…this one is not the one who made the mistake..but the mistake informed me it was a robot..

  52. Lao Tzo didn't know anything and why he was silent…secret societies are secret because they know nothing…I don't know everything but I know a lot..

  53. If we knew half of what indoctrination and programming keeps us from experiencing, we would RUN the other way. Too bad brainwashing usually begins at birth.
    Eat those peas.

    [ retch ]

  54. Always interesting to get different views. I personally disagree that material is fundamental and I do not see eye to with upward causation, as the one glaring question that is very hard to answer is who observed the big bang for the waves to collapse? Consciousness as primacy instead of matter seems to be opening up much more interesting developments and explaining away many more paradoxes than materialism.

  55. Darwinism devolves human consciousness now Biotechtransapians disconnected from nature & divine source how do we correct our course? Don't forget to eat Mendels Peas! & experience the paradigm shift. DNA=DNA Replication>Cell division>Sexual reproduction>Species perpetuation is not a figment of our imaginations only our belief in a prehistoric past that never happened. biologicalcompass.com

  56. the wernickes' and Brocas' areas are largely responsible for
    language according to brain damage from strokes. Robert Sapolsky's Lecture on Language .
    As for particles 'knowing' that. they're being observed is false. of course you will have different results when observing quantum particles. the quantum particles would bounce off your eye molecules as well as the sensor used to measure the quantum particles. Very interesting documentary none-the-less.
    the grooves in the record is where we get the word 'groovy.' And according to Deee-lite Groove is in the HEART. '
    is consciousness really experience? i've heard consciousness was really awareness of one's surrounding and self-awareness and according to some consciousness includes thought/thinking . There's no consesus among neurologists, psychiatrists, and philosophers as to exactly what consciousness really is.
    How are consciousness and the soul tied together? What exactly is the soul made of? How can people retain memory in near death experiences. um… speak for yourself i live in Japan. Japanese do not value individualism. It's a collective/communal society. Fitting in and being the same is more important to the Japanese than uniqueness. That was the hardest part for me being an American in Japan. Giving up the self in order to fit in Japan. i'm actually quite okay with it. Holding on to ego in Japan is masochistic. ''Hit me ' said the masochist. ''No'' said the sadist.'
    made ya laugh.

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