Scope of Quantification
This is a question which must be answered with some further questioning seeing as the "self" is a fairly obtuse and broad range concept.
This leads us to have to consider the qualifying traits of self.
Were we to define those we could answer it no problem; much like organisms are classified as organic or non organic by a set number of specific qualifiers which determine how we quantify them.
My personal scope of quantification stems from that of the most universal of languages and is an art form unbiased in the things it expresses; an artistic language that is rarely seen as either of those things.
I'm referring to mathematics!
Yes, the thing that counts most in life; mathematics is the filter by which I pan through all of our world's proverbial dusts breaking wind.... or in the wind.... whatever..
Anyway, we're I to state a quantifier for what constitutes a self in its most basic state I would have to say that I see self as the origin Point on an x/y axis graph used for expressing functions on a plain.
Makes sense right? I mean I'm in the physical plain and trying to function so I figure out wh[Y] do so and then the variables it will take to get me their.
So really self is 0..... that is to say self really isn't anything but as it is the origin it can variably become and be every anything.....
Like in the middle of the zero draw a smiley face and ☆BOOM☆ it looks like a face of a little person..
I'm joking but really;
it's all based on decision for which there could only be a "self "defined from decisions in hindsight. So might self be a past tense principle, perhaps foreshadowed by our own principles and their practice of acting as parameters by which we meter our demeanor. Our likelihood of what our variable values will be, is this self(?), as with time applied it forms patterns that repeat and are these repetitious trends our "me" we each then lend to our scope of our "self" and if so could it be that
self = ( origin(x/y))²
( Time)x +1
But that's as far as my qualifying scope goes currently.
All I know is that despite the uncertainty, it is "self" evident that we are all definitely "SUMthing"....
Self is just the qualities of our sum when surmised.
Though I'd think being yourself was a good thing till I realize that miracles happening and saved lives all come for acts that are selfless....
So why encourage being my self if it's selfish and what do we lose if we downright stop regarding self as a definite?
What could we gain?
Ouch; my brain.....¡