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In Buddhism, identity (self) is based on appropriation: ‘me’ is a mental construct based on ‘mine'… …
May 30th, 2016
In Buddhism, identity (self) is based on appropriation: 'me' is a mental construct based on 'mine'… Labelling something as 'mine' necessarily implies (or even creates) a 'me': it discerns a foreground 'me', it makes it important, it makes this 'me' exist, it makes it stand out.

This fuels various cravings for possessions and "more, more, more", as one aims to 'secure' an elusive, changing 'self' by securing things (erroneously seen as permanent and reliable). This also fuels hoarding, and the fear of loss… and this is easy to see in how people relate to 'material' things.

But it indeed also appears in how people relate to a 'cultural' context they makes 'theirs'. And then it fuels nationalism (as one aims to 'secure' an elusive, changing 'self' by securing past achievements and glory or even victimhood, seen as permanent and reliable), racism, fear of immigrants and of cultural 'dilution', pride and hatred…

And even though these never-ending, frustrated cravings and these fears cause suffering, the ignorant mind embraces these sufferings, as labelling a pain as 'my' pain is already enough to make 'me' exist, to convince this 'me' of having some importance… It's pathetic and delusional, of course, and less than wholesome, less than constructive.