Re: I, Manipulator!
I don't think there is anything finite, if you have ever tried to draw say a bottle you must have noticed you could continue forever. There are attitudes though, like a practical and a contemplative one. I find the practical attitude quite claustrophobic. Children must feel claustrophobic almost all the time when they deal with us adults.
I would like to add another thing, free will has been mentioned, are you sure it exists? I'm not. What was that this morning gave me the determination to change? did i choose it? did it just happen? where does my will come from? thoughts? how do they enter my head? someone must have whispered them in my ear...I think we just happen, like everything else, like animals and trees and rivers, the creation has a will which is to be and it expresses it through us, but we personally don't choose, don't create, don't wish. It is life unfolding through us, it is the prismatic reflections of it, not anything independent.