Illusions of Self

19 Oct

Blogging about Life

Both my daughters turned a year older in the last two weeks and I turn a year older in the next two weeks.

It is a good time to reflect on the past and imagine what the future will hold. There is a very good TED.com talk where Dan Gilbert “shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time. Hint: that’s not the case. “

The reality is that we are transient beings and change every second and it is very unlikely we will be the same person we are today in ten years time.

In some ways this can be rather scary, as many of us expend a lot of energy in trying to maintain the status-quo in our lives. We work very hard…

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