pretty cool thread (read most but skimmed thru some of it though).

I've spent the past 35 or so years (i'm now 56) pondering the subject
of "why I am I" and doing thought experiment after thought experiment
with cloning, copies, changing "I" one particle at a time until I am
"you" or someone else, and ultimately came to the conclusion as
someone posted midway thru this thread of the concept of the
universal person or universal soul... consciousness is basically
universal, there is no priority of one bit of consciousness over
the other. Within just my own life, the organism I was 35 years
ago is not the organism I am today, I am only connected to that
former organism by sequential events in time and space, threaded
together. With an advanced technology I could become
"Tom Cruise" by sequential changes particle by particle,
memory by memory, thought by thought, until I became the
currently existing Tom Cruise. Would my "I" which changed
over the course of 35 years from my former "I" be any different
than Tom Cruise's "I" that was changed over time (bit by bit)
from my former "I"? Thought experiments like these made me
realize we're all essentially the same universal concept, we're
all just unique pieces of the whole of the everything. It's just
really cool to find "like" thinking by a string search on the web,
having done all this thinking in isolation and coming to the
same conclusion as other minds have. What brought me to
this site was a string search for "everything possible exists",
something I now believe and was just curious if there was
any text on the web with the same line of thinking. It was my
answer to the other question I've always had as to why does
the universe exist at all? I came to my own conclusion that if
anything exists (which apparently it does), then every possible
event must exist, every possible outcome from one state to
the other must exist, and if it existed once, nothing stops it
from existing again, and actually, every possible event not
only exists but has always existed and will always exist.
Kind of expands the universe quite a bit, virtually infinite.
There's not only me, but every possible outcome of
my life. There's every possible outcome of my mom
& dad's reproduction, some of which produce me but
nearly infinitely conditions that do not produce my starting
organism. My dad wouldn't have existed, if it weren't for the
lightning strike that killed his mom's first husband. So I'm
here because I am just one of nearly infinite possibilities
of consciousness. Disconcerting, at times, where I used
to think, "glad it's them and not me" (like tortured terrorist
victims), well, we're all the same basically, and while the
whole of everything contains terrible things, including
the very worst of possibilities, it also contains the very best
as well. Having figured this much out to my satisfaction
actually gives me a very contented, peaceful and secure

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