I think species cannot exist, survive, when the body and mental aspects are not seen as me, mine, myself (and also not me, not mine, not myself) because then a reason to protect it is missing. And such a being who does not protect body and mind as me, my self, mine, how can that be viable? I think this branche falls from tree of life, the tree of evolution. Such beings, i think cannot exist, or will be deleted from life, as it were.
So, I think we as humans would not exist without seeing the body and mental aspect as me, mine, myself.
I also think there is much evidence that we as humans stem, at least bodily, from an ape-like creature.
We still have a rudimentairy tale-bone , for example. How do you deal as a buddhist with this information? Is it in spite of this still tenable that we as humans are a seperate specie and have always existed?
Buddha acknowledged that we have the long standing habit to see the physical and mental aspect of our lives as me, mine, myself (SN12.61). I can see this in myself as Truth. I feel it is because of evolution. There is no other way of evolution, i think. This is just how nature works.
Buddha also says…this is a mistake…seeing body and mental aspect as me, mine, myself
Is it a mistake an -sich, Or is it a mistake if one wants to stop existing?
Would we, or any other beings, be without that mistake? I do not think so. That’s why for me it is hard to see it as a mistake. Because the existence of lifeforms, being, i cannot see as a mistake, as wrong, as something evil, as sinn, as bad, as Mara. I see it as a blessing, although there is inevitable suffering.
Why would the absence of any lifeform, any being, any personal existence be a holy goal? I must admit that i cannot see any holiness in that.
If a child does not see body and mind as me, mine, myself, does that protect against misery? I think the opposite. This child is again and again in the hospital. His parent are becoming desperate.
I also do not think Buddha was really totally fully liberated from me and mine making. How can someone not want to teach because he forsees that this will be tiresome and wearisom for him and at the same time would have no sense of Me and mine? (“i will experience this difficulties when i start teachings people who do not care and understand”).
Why would someone who has no sense of me and mine regarding pain even want to alleviate the pain (backpains and lying down), etc.