Why does Qui-Gon say "no thought of self" right after talking about the possibility of "avoiding oblivion" while retaining consciousness, and DEMONSTRATING THAT HIMSELF WHILE HE'S SPEAKING?
I think this one at least can slide. Quiggy's talk about "no thought of self" is probably about the absence of desires for material pleasures, possessions, rewards, things like that.
Of course, the whole retain-your-personality-and-obtain-immortality thing smacks of "thought of self" so ...
Selflessness and continuing to exist are in now way at odds with eachother.
"Hey Dalai Lama! If you're so selfless how come you're eating that sandwich!? And give me your shoes!"
There's only a contradiction if we, the fans, chose to intentionally interpret it in a way that is stupid.
We also don't have any systematic rules on how the afterlife works, so this is another example of fans making up rules that don't match the story, and then being angry that they aren't followed.
Hmm ... perhaps you're right. An active quest for immortality still kind of smacks of "sense of self" to me, but then ... well ... :shrug: