The self is like an origami crane which once unfolded reveals itself as merely being the blank sheet of paper that it always was…
The psychological, experienced self is so deeply intertwined with the world from which it accumulates and aggregates its sensations, ideas and general experience that it is in itself actually profoundly empty and void, not in any emotional or quantitative sense negative but certainly insubstantial, contingent. This aspirational self-hood is reflexively defined by the experience and internalisation of the collective narrative and shared cultural, social experience – the internal depth is a direct reflection of this notionally external complexity but this outside influence is an aggregate field and cumulative effect or sum total of all those interdependent, interrelated and aspirationally individual nodes…
There is no anchor of objective or rational necessity and for this reason analysis must always terminate in incompleteness and emptiness.
Yes. We are fundamentally free and in at least two different ways.
At the social and cultural (or psychological) level – we do not determine the choices from which we choose but are free to choose from within the available spectrum of all possible available decisions. We are also free to recombine existing choices, ideas, concepts into new possibilities and this creative recombination is how the possibility space internally grows and expands, gathers complexity and notional mass-density. At a global (i.e. “holistic”) systems-theoretical level, this is essentially a self-gravitating and accelerating mass of reference and blossoming internal complexity – incomplete and under constant metamorphosis.
At a more fundamental (i.e. physical reality) level, what if *all* possibilities exist ? That is – there might exist some vast and incomprehensibly complex possibility space in which *all* possibilities, all timelines exist. Not so much a multiverse in which choices or possible branching points in physical reality indicate a splitting of the Universe into divergent, historically related-realities but rather one single vast (infinite ?) multidimensional manifold in which *all* possibilities *actually do exist* within the one Cosmological entity or process; itself stupendously complex but also organically continuous, constitutive of reality and the “physical” Universe. Does it matter that it might be a concept which turns out to be potentially unprovable as that possible constellation and state of possibility space/s in which it can never be proved is also one of the possible states of the branching Yggdrasil-like tree of all possible worlds ?