Response to William Blake: Defining the Self


1. In defining the self, we can only do so in terms of death.

2. Therefore, to define the self, we must define death.

3. In defining death, we can only do so in terms of the self.

4. Death and the self define each other. Yet the self is elusive so that we can know what it is not, but not
what it is.

5. Though we cannot define easily the self, what we call death is the loss of the self.

6. Our body is not the self for it remains when we die; it is not lost.

7. Our brain is not the self for it remains when we die; it is not lost.

8. We are merely made up of our ability to feel and imagine. Our senses and thoughts are who we are.
What we use to identify ourself is our self.

9. Can people share senses? Can people share imagination? What is it that connects us? Are connected people one self? What is it that disconnects us? Is disconnect individuality? Can art bridge the gap between our Poetic Genius?

10. If All Religions Are One, then what are I?

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This is not so much a poem as it is a reaction to All Religions are One and There is no Natural Religion by William Blake. This piece forms the basis for most of the topics I wish to explore.