"Who are you?" Any number of possible answers could right. Or they may all be wrong.
The problem with answering the question of Self is the inability to define personal identity. Jean-Paul Sartre believed that there was no self, at least in a definite sense, but only the making of ourselves in the future. As much as a person may search for proof of self, a tangible thing, he will soon discover the futileness in such efforts.
The Self cannot be touched, smelled or seen. In essence it may not exist at all. David Hume felt that when he looked within to find himself he always encountered some particular perception. Without these perceptions he felt that he may truly not exist.
Taking the two thoughts of these great minds I examined myself. Alas I could not determine through one view or the other on the idea of Self. Sartre's view of the Self is interesting but not complete. He felt that, "Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself." If that were true then the wh! ole idea of "true love" cannot exist, in fact love would not be. If I make myself love another then I will be happy. I can make this relationship work through sheer will.
But in reality I cannot make myself love another and still expect to be happy and even ifI am happy what of the other person? Sartre also believed that the Self was what we chose to be, what we intended to be become in the future. If we can never reach our true self than how can we truly say it exists? How can one strive towards a goal, which does not exist? How can anyone who has never actually achieved true Self say that we chose what our true Self will be? Which brings me to Hume's view that without perception we do not exist. Suppose a man were to become paralyzed from an accident and can no longer move his body. Now he cannot touch. Then we were to place this man in a room with no lights. Now he cannot see.