You Don’t Exist

Steven Gambardella
11 min readApr 26, 2024
A Möbius strip. Source:

“This body does not belong to you, it is only cunningly constructed clay.”
— Epictetus

Try this exercise — think of parts of yourself in turn. Look in the mirror if you must. Think “this is my head”, “these are my arms”, “this is my hand”, “these are my eyes”, “this is my fingernail”, and so on and on.

At what point does that “taking stock” reach its end? At what point do we complete the list of things to…