The other way it could be is that all that you call your actions, intentions, emotions and experiences are all the actions of a kind of performer. You are just watching the performer do its thing and this performer has tricked you into thinking you are it. Much like a good movie or theatre company can make the audience forget themselves for a bit.
This would account for why we don’t know what we are going to choose before we choose it; what we will think before we think it. It would account for the opaque nature of the black box out of which all our experiences (I include intentions and decisions within that category) come.
Though both these pictures could be the case I genuinely believe we are merely passive observers in our lifes.
We have become so caught up in the drama on the stage that we have forgotten that it isn’t us up there.
Just like a play has a beginning and an end; life has a beginning and an end. Maybe at the end we’ll get to take our masks off and discover we were the same entity playing or the parts.
Or we might just go into oblivion knowing nothing forever which ain’t that bad if you think about it.