never actually changed by what it knows


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Does it refer consciousness? Or refer to self?

Thanks in advance

The underlying claim here is that we can realize something about the nature of consciousness in this moment that will improve our lives. The experience of countless contemplatives suggests that consciousness—being merely the condition in which thought, emotion, and even our sense of self arises—is never actually changed by what it knows. That which is aware of joy does not become joyful; that which is aware of sadness does not become sad.

-Sam Harris' The End of Faith
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