Much is talked about "existence" and the various questions of identity (the "who am I?" rogations).
I do not think I have seen a person who truly knows who they "are".
Of course, how would I know something of which somebody else knows? In order to do that, I would have to do one of two things:
A.) Be them
B.) Know what they think.
The first quality is, for all intents and purposes, (at least for the purposes of this article) impossible; to be "them" I would have to negate being "myself".
To know what someone else is thinking is an interesting scenario. At first, one could see it as just another form of the first quality, that is, if there is no true separation between the "body" and the "mind"; what they think is part of "their body" (them) and since I have my own existence, I cannot know someone else's existence.
This second quality is impossible in another interesting way, however.
All true knowledge, as opposed to being the stuff of rational and empirically obtained experimental data is subjective.
Subjectivity is the quality of that which is gained by personal feelings and opinion and it is exactly these things which make the world go round.
We know everything about our world through our sense perceptions, no matter how imperfect or lacking they may be.
Now, is there anything outside of what we can perceive? Well, by strict definition, no there is not. If we claim that there is something outside of what we can sense, but cannot sense it, it remains only a claim and the issue of existence no longer matters.
What is supposedly objective are all the things which are derived from the subjective, only the wool is pulled over everyone's eyes to make it appear objective.
The Building Blocks of the Universe
(In fact, the scientists are taking the 5000 year old cue from the ancient scriptures and now dissolving the idea of an objective seat of consciousness.)
So everything that we know...is just that, we, meaning "yourself" knows it; there is no collective consciousness (or collective 'unconsciousness' for that matter, to take a stab at Jung, but that will be for another talk), only individual consciousness.
There are only individuals.
There is only you.
To know this is to find this out without thinking.
To find this out without knowledge
Without logic because it is illogical
Without rationality because it is irrational.
You will find it at the point where words take you no further.
Not even nothing will remain.