=== JKrishnamurti.org – Daily Quote ===
If I had no concept about myself, what would happen to me?
Why have I, who have lived forty, fifty, sixty – or whatever number of years it is that one has lived – why have I gathered this store-houseful of what I think, what I feel, what I am, what I should be, this accumulation of experience, knowledge? And if I had not done that, what would happen? Do you understand? If I had no concept about myself, what would happen to me? I would be lost, wouldn’t I? I would be uncertain, terribly frightened of life. So I build an image, a myth, a concept, a conclusion about myself, because without this framework life would become for me utterly meaningless, uncertain, fearful: there would be no security. I may be secure outwardly; I may have a job, a house, and all the rest of it, but inwardly also I want to be completely secure. And it is the desire to be secure that compels me to build this image of myself, which is verbal. Do you understand? It has no reality at all; it is merely a concept, a memory, an idea, a conclusion.
The Collected Works, Vol. XV – 193
=== Thoughts ===
If this doesn’t make you think about “identity” or the “self”, then I don’t know what possibly could.
Why do we spend our entire lives constructing such a well-developed internal narrative, this long-running monologue, building up ideas about who we are, what we like, what we believe, and all the rest?
What is everyone so afraid of that they simply won’t allow themselves to say “I do not know”?
And why do we focus so much attention on our thoughts, our beliefs, and our conceptions- all of which exist only inside our own heads- rather than the one that truly matters, the one thing that affects both everyone and everything around us
Why do we choose to ignore our own behavior?
Without looking into this, without seeing around the “I”, beyond the “self”, and into the great unknown, how could you ever expect to understand that which we call “reality”, “truth”, or “God”?
It’s only once the self has been completely put aside that that which is truly real can come into being.