Michael, an FB friend, opened the issue of why people find it necessary to maintain at least a good deal of problems during their life course and we had some really interesting findings. This is a really important question to ask if someone is serious at all.
So what is the connection between the Self, the “I” and the Problems? It seems like the Self creates problems and problems breed the self. We could say that all psychological problems we are facing are actually an important content/part of what we call the Self. Once self approaches a fact as a problem, he creates an image in order to deal with this problem.. let’s say thousands of refugees arrive at Chios.. instead of acting spontaneously, the self perceives this fact as a problem that needs to deal with by means of a specific tactic/strategy.. so self creates images like “its not my problem” (tough), or “it my responsibility to help” (compassionate), or “i should help but i’d rather have some fun, though i am not proud of that” (guilty) etc. It becomes clear that the self creates a fresh set of features/images from each new problem, like being guilty, compassionate or cruel, indifferent etc, thus strengthening itself.
So all these imagined problems breed the self. The self works pretty hard to solve them, not seeing this will necessarily create new problems, because its the self’s approach, the self activity that creates problems, not the mere facts. And these new problems will strengthen the self even more. It seems that the content of the problems is not really important, its only the existence of some problems that will lead to new problems that make the self stronger and stronger.
Now what happens if there are no problems at all? If somehow all our problems are erased? The self has nothing to deal with, because the only function of self is to protect itself against problems. Without problems how self will survive? Now the images like “compassionate”, “kind”, “cruel” seem to be useless.. but the thing is that the self still exists even if the problems somehow cease. And its existence will soon invent/create new problems of simple facts, exactly like we described before.
So if the self exists, if its content is not totally emptied (from all images, hopes, fears, problems, desires etc), if self doesn’t cease to exist completely, its necessary that this vicious circle of creating problems <-> strengthening the self will never end. Its urgent to see, to observe, effortlessly, naturally the whole movement of the self so as the whole building collapses, or we will live a life of everlasting, everchanging problems till the day we die!
PS: Don’t misunderstand.. there are some physical problems we need to deal with (in our example, how to feed the refugees or give them clean clothes), there is nothing selfish on that, but this diary refers to psychological problems!
PS2: Nobody should accept the previously mentioned as right. It could be just a silly idea of the writer. One, if at all serious, should investigate in order to find if there is truth on what was communicated here