charlieiscoollike actually made a video about what you said and he made a real interesting point. yeah, if you die, your memory lives on through what you've done, ...
No, that's not what I'm talking about. True, every day millions of people listen to the thoughts of other people long dead, but that isn't what I meant. I'm saying every experience you have exists outside of time. One way to think about it is like a circle: You begin at one point, birth, and continue on to the end point, death; at which point you're born again and the cycle goes on. But that is a metaphor. The actuality is more like everything is 'crystalized' or 'static' its just that we *experience* it from a pov of passing time. The reality is nothing ever ceases to exist. It's like when you're riding in a car and you look at a tree as you pass by, you see it from different perspectives as you go but the tree in itself was there before you showed up, is one single thing as you see it from different angles, and is still there after you've gone by.
... i'll never forget the time i was fucked up out of my mind in toronto off of some weed that probably could have been laced with who knows what... probably lsd or pcp. i don't know BUT whatever i smoked... it took my ass into another dimension literally where everything didn't make sense. it made me really question reality and humanity itself like..... once you lose the sense of self, identity, time, and space where you no longer know where you're at or who you are.... things begin to get really fucking scary. a lot of shit we live by for so long that once we lose that sight for a split second and can't come back to that shit right away...... people freak out. the brain is really powerful like that. you push your mind out of what it's used to and you might end up going fucking nuts because they don't have that sense of self anymore. it's gone. a lot of crazy people are intelligent because they think out of the box and can see what the person who is used to same old shit can't see or doesn't think about.
But your identity couldn't have been completely absent or your fear, specifically fear of 'loosing it' or w/e, wouldn't have been possible. Although I have 'been there and back' many times in my life, clearly such experiences aren't for everyone, especially the faint of heart, those who lack all imagination or those who have thin grasp of 'reality' to begin with. None of us see reality as it actually is. Our brains are conditioned to perceive things the way we do. It is a useful conditioning, one I wouldn't want to loose, but at the same time it is limited. If someone feels totally comfortable in that conditioned mind, then they shouldn't venture beyond it. But some of us *want* to know what else is out there, over the next perceptual event horizon. The trick is going there, coming back, and integrating what one's learned (if anything).