Observing oneself

Every personal experience is an observation, and all observation is based on distinctions. There is no pure, unfiltered reality that we directly experience. If I feel that I am in despair or that I am happy, these feelings are observations that I have constructed out of my own distinctions. If I look at the cold gray winter sky and feel sad, that’s because of my distinctions. I expect or desire some different kind of weather. The weather isn’t just weather; it is good or bad, welcome or unwelcome. Thus I make my own misery.

These experiences can be called system operations. The self is a system that carries on specific operations. No two systems carry out the same operations.

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