Imagine a great circular building with windows all around it something like portholes. At each window is a person looking in who is able to communicate with the other people looking in. Further imagine that the people looking in have no recollection of how they got into their present position. In this building are countless different things such as furniture, artwork, and other kinds of objects. Of course, everyone sees the same objects and can talk about them with each other. But what they cannot see are themselves. They have no idea who they are because they are not inside the great circular building.
From the individual’s perspective this is first-person knowledge of which the individual knows little if anything. Conversations about the objects in the great circular buildings are called third-person knowledge. Eventually, the conversation in the great circular building turns to, “Who is the person looking at everything?” Nobody answers. Most are nonplused. Some get angry. They insist the question can’t be answered because there is no such person. There are only objects in the great circular building, that is, third-person knowledge. Most agree. One person, however, doesn’t agree.
He said that he was able to pull away from the mesmerizing objects in the great circular building. He told everyone within earshot that his body was not like anything to be found in the great circular building. He also said that there is a huge world outside of the great circular building. To most of the denizens this was all very strange. It was not third-person knowledge but, instead, first-person.
This is the way some of us see things. We are able to free our self from the mesmerizing objects; we don’t rely solely on third-person knowledge. We took the path of first-person knowledge such that we are able to see what ultimately transcends the temporal world.