What is consciousness? What makes ones mind individual? Are the processes that make a person's mind unique, essentially what is known as a soul? Are they two separate things altogether? There are people out there who claim to have felt some form of consciousness while they were pronounced legally dead, so that would lead me to believe that consciousness (and sub-conciousness) are something more complex than human knowledge can really describe. Of course everything is relative, so in that sense what use is contemplation, one way or another? Perhaps the harder we try to understand it, the more we distort what is ultimate truth.