The search for Self is vain, because it is a search for something that does not exist except as a mythical concept which has had to be taken into the structure of language by common assent. If it is used in any other way than as a fictitious convenience - if it is taken as meaning something real and enduring - it cannot be anything but a stumbling-block to the development of right understanding.
Eric Lubbock, Lord Avebury, b September 29, 1928. Upper Canada College & Balliol College Oxford (BA 1949, boxing blue); Welsh Guards (Second Lieut) 1949-51; Rolls Royce (aero-engine division) 1951-6; Production Engineering 1956-60; Charterhouse Group 1960-2.
MP Orpington 1962-70; Liberal Chief Whip 1963-70;
Chair, Parliamentary Civil Liberties Group 1964-70; Parliamentary Human Rights Group, 1976-1997; Traveller Law Reform Unit; Peru Support Group, 2003-; Cameroon Campaign Group 2003-
Speaker's Conference on Electoral Law 1963-5; Select Committee on Science and Technology, 1968-70; Royal Commission on Standards of Conduct in Public Life, 1974-6
President, Data Processing Management Association, 1972-5; Fluoridation Society, 1972-84; Conservation Society, 1973-83; London Bach Society, 1984-98; ACERT (Advisory Council for Education of Romanies & Travellers) 2001-;TAPOL (Indonesian human rights); Kurdish Human Rights Project;
Patron, Angulimala (Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy), 1992-; Founder, Parliamentarians for East Timor, 1988; Vice-Chair, Parliamentary Group for Tibet; Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE); Fellow, British Computer Society (FBCS).
Wednesday and Thursday, canvassing for our effective and personable candidate for Norwich South, Simon Wright, who lives in the constituency and is a successful campaigner already on local issues.
Today, an appointment with Mr M, haematology consultant at King's, who ordered yet more blood tests to see why my haemoglobin has declined from 13 to 9.7 over the last two years. He also said I should see Mr R, to assess whether my aortic aneurysm, which was 4.97 cm in January, was still increasing. Although surgery isn't normally recommended if its less than 5.5, it probably needs to be watched. Mr M also wanted another consultant, Mr C, to do an endoscopy on my Barrett's oesophagus. I certainly get my money's worth from the NHS.
The Bangladesh Local Govt minister and AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam came to see me at 14.00, to tell me about the progress towards implementing the war crimes trials. He said that the 1973 Act had been amended, and he thought the criticisms made in the International Bar Association's report to the Parliamentary Human Rights Group had been met. We also talked about the land problems in the CHT, which are key to the fulfilment of the Peace Accords of 1997.
After that, the Eritrean Ambassador called, to discuss the preparations for celebrating Eritrea's independence day. He kindly invited me to the launch of the Eritrea-UK Friendship Association on May 24