The self-absorbed thing or person. Has it found salvation? Why else would it turn inward?
The hope is that inward is away. Away from pain. But is it? There is away in space outside the body. Put me on the origin of a Cartesian grid and place a predator at (5, 5) and I will run to (-5, -5). But can there be away inside? Does going within just mean diminishing awareness of the without? Dulling sensation and decreasing concern?
Buddhism really is an anesthetic ontology. It is a Great Disidentification with what used to be the very world, which is concern. What’s wrong with feeling pain deeply?
Well, for one, pain is painful. Two: your misery affects others.
But can you decrease clinging without killing the good kind of motivation?