What a wonderful topic, eh. No kidding. So many ppl think that they want to be X, Y, or Z instead their own A, and they all make the mistake that you talk about -- missing out 2 points:After listening to an old time mystery theatre drama, it made me think of a question for you all. So, the scenario is, you have the opportunity to take over someone else's life, but as the person you are inside. For example, a guy might want Matt Damon's life, so the wish is granted and you are for all intents and purposes now Matt Damon and everyone see's you as him, but you're still the same you, which may or may nor completely change "Mat Damon's" life from this point. Are you with me? So my question is a two parter - whose life would you want to have (can be different gender) and do you think that you could carry on as successfully as that person given that you may have internal challenges that could affect your ability to do so, or perhaps just that fact that you're living the life you'd like to have that that would solve some or all of the challenges you're struggling with today?
For me, if I had to choose, I do actually like Matt Damon, but I can't say I know a great deal about his life, but he seems like a nice guy with a nice career (a career that as a kid I was keen to have) and his life appears pretty good, without too much conflict or controversy, and obviously he's wealthy enough to have a pretty nice life. So I guess I'd like to swap into his place. But, could I carry on with it? Hmm, I'm not sure. I guess I'd feel more attractive to people, more welcomed and looked up to and wouldn't be short of friends and entertainment and having fun, and I guess I'd come out of my shell more as I felt a part of some interesting social circles, and I'd enjoy the acting work for sure I think as I like to entertain people. When I consider my traits and challenges, I might fall short in confidence in dealing with people though, and having enough to keep people interested in conversation, but then I would have more to talk about I guess. I would have to deal with some pretentious people, fakes and suckups, which would annoy me, and I might not be as tactful as Mat Damon, so I might started putting people off, maybe. Hmm, the more I think about it, the more I think I actually might be able to pull it off. I don't think (there might be people who would argue otherwise) I have any issue so serious or challenging that couldn't be overcome if I was suddenly in Matt Damon's skin. I might be overlooking something about myself as I write this, but for the moment, Yes, Yes, I could be Matt Damon lol
How do you think you would go? Maybe you wouldn't even want to do such a thing. If you would, could you overcome your issues to be successful? And as who? (Cue dramatic sting)
1) one can NEVER know the exact life/state of someone else from aside; what we see is just the formal/material part of his/her life, and the material part never matters more than the... non-material part.
2) if the psychic/personality/skills of A go to X, Y, or Z, this will be not just amalgamation of them two; such kind of amalgamation is impossible, right? I don't know WHAT it would be, but the sure thing is that Personality A has its own set of views on things like "right/wrong", and Personality B (X, Y, Z) has its own. That's obvious, right? The consequence of it is that the formal achievements (bc achievements are what u talk abt) of B could have been gained through ways which are considered unacceptable by A. So, if A to take the skin of B, it means that A has to change his/her own persona, bc he/she would have to change his/her principles (moral and else kind of ones). It is a paradox no smaller than the one with the time machine -- where one goes to the past and causes changes which would then make his/her birth impossible.
Personally, I'd never wish to take someone else's skin, and I have never had such a desire. In my opinion, one's greatest treasure is one's own personality (greatest in terms of a separate, concrete living creature). No matter what kind of life you have, the respect to your own persona has to e there. That's why you should keep yourself off the stuff that will make you lose respect for yourself (or will make you put enormous energy into deluding yourself that you haven't lost respect for yourself, lol). No one is an angel, but still, we have the option to choose what and how we do, in interaction with the world, i.e., with the other beings.