Sometimes when something traumatic happens like if you have a big fight with a loved one or you lose your job, or when you just get really sad and depressed, you go into a spiral of self-hatred. Why am I like this, why can’t I do this, why is it so easy for other people but not for me, and so on. I was thinking about this and it got me thinking, we usually get along with other people well enough but could we actually get along with ourselves?
Like, if I was to come face to face with a physical carbon copy of me, would I be able to get along with them? Would we become instant best friends or worst enemies?
What if, instead of it being an exact copy of me, it was a kind of soft copy of me? Like a clone which had lived a different life from mine and we ran into each other? Or if I copied my mind into a virtual world, and that me lived their life in there and I lived my life out here and then I somehow got in touch with him (maybe like I put on a VR headset and visited him in his world, or if we had a weird VR Skype call). Would I be able to get along with myself then? I mean, when you think about it, since that person led a different life and had different experiences he is essentially a different person, just very similar to me. That being said, would we get along?
Then there’s the thought of identical twins; as children they live a very similar life but they are still very different people and sometimes they get along really well and sometimes they don’t. Does that same logic apply to me if I met myself?
The truth is, I have no idea how I would react if I met myself, it’s just too farfetched for my brain to handle. I know they’ve made a bunch of movies that are all about cloning yourself and interacting with them like Multiplicity, The 6th day and The Island, but let’s face it, no one can say for sure how they’d react to that situation until it actually happened to them.
Personally, I think I would get annoyed with myself after sometime; it would be too surreal for me to handle someone thinking and acting like me.
Well that’s the end of this post and I’d like to leave you with a question. How would you react if you met yourself? Would you get along okay or become mortal enemies or something in between?