The Irreducible Identity

by Stephen Jourdain

Gilles Farcet: Certain teachings compare the awakened one to an actor—the actor speaks his lines, plays his role perfectly, is in love, betrayed, rich, ruined, knows happy occasions or tragedies, cries or laughs, and becomes the character he plays, all the while knowing that he himself is not Romeo or Orestes. Once the curtain comes down, he quietly leaves the theatre.
Stephen Jourdain: Yes, that's exactly it. There's this strange possibility of being eternally and unalterably in retreat in relation to what one's supposed to be, to . . .

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