(Originally published in QUORA – with slight modifications). Title was provided by them. It would have been more correct to say ‘subject’ or ‘subjectivity’ instead of ‘subjective point of view’, which amounts to circularity or redundancy.
QUESTIONER – I think a lot about the mind. I wonder “what part of my consciousness is me, the experiencer?
I not only march to the beat of a different drum, I make my own drum!
My consciousness is the accumulation of all things that I am. The subjective part is not a complete representation of the person that I am.
All parts of me influence who I am, how I think, how I react, how I interpret an experience. No one thing exists entirely separate from all of these things. To what degree they interact and or influence each other, I cannot say, but I know that my sense of touch is affected by my personal internal workings. I may feel hot when others do not; my fingertips have lost some degree of sensation so a grain of sand and some of the beads I work with may feel identical, so I use another sense, sight, to determine whether my original (subjective) interpretation is correct.
So, in answer to your actual question “Is the Subjective Point of view the actual “you”? no, not all by itself.
M. Your ‘own drum’: Is that the totality of your bodily and mental/emotional experiences? That is an extremely restrictive field. Are you such a tiny being, encapsulated by the skin of your physical body? Are you not the whole world, and even beyond the world?
W. I’m not sure what my byline has to do with this answer or why you are asking questions about it. My byline is not a part of my answer at all, so no such thing as a “restrictive field” in regards to making my own drum and drum beat. All that means is that I am unique, and tend to be a non conformist.
No, I don’t feel I am the whole world, just a small part of it. Perhaps it is because of my uniqueness that I do not feel that I am anything more than a small part of whole world.
Yes, I suppose I am a tiny being on a very large planet, which is relatively small compared to other planets, in a small solar system at the edge of a medium sized galaxy. “Medium” would be a subjective guess on my part and not to be quoted as truth.
While I can empathize with the others creatures on this same planet, I can not share their experiences. Empathy does not equal knowledge or experience and does not contribute to the being that is me, rather it is a byproduct of the experiences that I have had.
Does this answer your question? If not, then I am not understanding what you are asking.
M. Your reply is understandable, and quite normal. The vast majority of people, like you, feel themselves to be unique, and that is correct in so far as they see themselves encapsulated in their own skin, nothing beyond that pertaining to their ‘unique’ beingness. The clue here is what you say in the last but one sentence, but I suggest that your empathy towards other beings indicate at least implicit knowledge and trans-individual experience, which could lead, if cultivated, to a vision of self-transcendence (or non-duality). But, again, most people are not interested in pursuing this possibility, even when they are spiritually inclined – for that, one has to immerse him/herself in a long path of transformation, such as advaita vedanta or some type of Buddhism or esoteric Christianity, Cabbala, Sufism, etc.; or, simply, by introspection and a contemplative attitude. I hope this is clear… only a suggestion.