Buddas Brain: Self Depends on Conditions (Ego)

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At any moment, the parts of self that are present depend on many factors,

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including genetic heritage, personal history, temperament, and situations.
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In particular, self depends a lot on the feeling tone of experience.
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When the feeling tone is neutral, the self tends to fade into the background.
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But as soon as something distinctly pleasant or unpleasant appears—

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for example, an interesting email or a physical pain—

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the self quickly mobilizes along the processing cascade that moves from feeling tone to craving,

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and from craving to clinging.
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The self organizes around strong desires.
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Which comes first:
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Do “I” form a desire?
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Or does desire form an “I?”
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