IF one believes that The Self has to be permanent, then impermanence would contradict it.
It is not a matter of belief. True self (Atman
), if there is any, by definition must be permanent.
If you consider a self that changes and still see it as the same self, then that is not
a true self. That is a concept of self.
True self, if there is any, is not a concept.
the fact is that we cannot see any true self in the Dhamma
We perceive a concept of self when there is ignorance, and we are deluded to think that this self is born, ages and dies.
We do not perceive any concept of self when there is no ignorance.
A football team can through time have different players coming and going, but it IS the same football team. Same with what some can believe in self.
5 Aggregates change, but self remains the same during some time.
Again, the football team is a concept. The aggregates of phenomena, which this concept of football team is referring to, is changing when players are coming and going. But out of ignorance the concept of football team leads to the illusion that it is the same football team.
Similarly, 5 aggregates change, and the concept of self remains the same
for some time out of ignorance: the inability to distinguish between the changing ultimate Dhamma
the concepts. But if there were any true self in 5 aggregates it could not have changed.