I don't have to listen to
the voices, do I? I've asked myself that question hundreds of times, but
this is the first time I've gotten an answer in the affirmative.
Yes, you do, I answered
What am I, crazy?
No, you're not.
Wait a minute. Who's
It's you, I.
Distinct voices, all
Wait a minute again.
How can I be you?
Because you are; because I
am. It's a common misconception that I is singular.
I is singular, we is
Here I am arguing with
myself over semantics; I'm going crazy.
No I'm not, I tell myself
as if in a different voice.
You're right in that we is
plural, but that's a special kind of we, where it's referring to different
physical people, not different I's.
Now I'm beginning to lose
my argument with myself, and it's beginning to sound logical.
So I give in and ask myself
to clear things up. How can I be we?
It's simple really.
Every time you make a decision, you generate a new I. For example, what
shirt are you wearing today?
The dark blue one with the
small white checkered pattern.
Because I thought it looked
better than the pale green one.
I don't agree, says a new
Who doesn't agree I
Me, the you that thought
the green one looked better. When you decided to go with the blue shirt,
you became you and I became another you. Think of you as the highest
branch on an infinitely large decision tree. The you that you think you
are is the result of all the "right" decisions you made. But what
happened to those other branches, the ones you decided not to follow? We
each became we, the singular we with you. We're all here. What's
the most recent decision you made?
I guess it's that I need to
listen to the voices.
Right, said a new voice,
and here I am, the you that thought you shouldn't listen I'm here if you