Life is like a movie. It is like an unfolding story that we read and interpret, while identifying with the stars (i.e. gods) and immersing ourselves in the drama. When we start to notice this, life becomes lighter. The monotony fades and the magic begins. For when we turn our attention to our bodies, feelings, perceptions, impulses, and consciousness, we find that we are woven of the quixotic threads of ongoing stories. For only such a self can create and be created. A fixed, intractable one is as good as dead.
-Stephan Batchelor, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Vol 4, #2