Re: Many selves (was Diaries (was: Re: The Pause that Refreshes))

From: Bryan Moss (
Date: Mon Jun 12 2000 - 12:04:34 MDT

altamira wrote:

> Are there people who've undergone such radical personality
> changes that they wouldn't enjoy being with their former
> selves?

I'd include myself in that category.

> What if a person had undergone such a radical personality
> shift that he wold loathe his former self and wish to
> forget the former self as though it had never existed?

While I'd hardly say I loathe my former self (although if I
were to loathe anyone, it would most likely be him), if
possible I'd have parts of 'him' removed. The only time I
experience anger/resentment is in relation to "baggage" from
my past, although this is usually fleeting (seconds to
minutes) it's still unpleasant.

> Was the former self a necessary precursor of the present
> self? If so, could loathing the former self be considered
> the same sort of unpleasant emotion as loathing one's
> present self?

Again, while I don't loathe my present self, I am not
satisfied with him. I doubt I'd have a fun time with an
exact copy - we'd both be too busy looking for flaws.


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