• an attitude of rational curiosity

  • an attitude of rational curiosity

Is authentic Self dead?

Is authentic Self dead?

This paper offers my understanding of the nature of authentic Self in the twenty-first century.  It is a personal reflection on the topic, written in response to a shift in my understanding of death and questions which arose within me in response to reading Yuval Noah Harari’s book entitled Homo Deus.

Is authentic self dead

One Response to Is authentic Self dead?

  1. Thanks for sharing this paper Kaye, with your interesting discussion on life and death, and our stories and our authentic self. I would love to have a long discussion with you one day. A mutual friend Ross tagged me. I too am in my 60s and have studied theology and psychology, and have a PhD in Community Psychology and teach under-grad counselling and Master of Community Counselling. I too, have grappled long and hard with these questions of the after-life and my Christian values and beliefs. I too, nearly left the church. However, I now embrace the stories of Jesus and the spiritual direction he gave to many, and just see the after-life stories as metaphors for how life is here on earth, as we often make it hell, but work towards making it more heavenly. Also, I like the guided mediation of Christian services to consider how to live a compassionate Christ-like life, to then go out into the world and listen to people’s stories of despair and help guide them to see their stories of hope (the joy they once had and the supports they do have). Anyway, would love to talk more if you are up for it.

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