“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway
Daily Nugget of Gold 1488
The Reality We Experience
What is reality? We ask this question- not lightly- but in all seriousness. We seem to be so sure of what is real and what is an illusion. What about those things that fool our senses? Yes, we are very susceptible to optical illusions, we know that. Sometimes things can fool our visual version of reality. If you have any doubt of that, look up optical illusions on the internet, but we think that most people have concluded long ago that their sight can be fooled by clever nuances in what’s being presented to them.
Recently, there was a story in the news that people are mistaking small muscle spasms for their phone vibrating in their pocket. The word used in the story was “hallucinating” that the phone was vibrating, but when people check their texts- there’s nothing there. We found it wise that the story called that a hallucination, even though it wasn’t visual.
We often hear things which aren’t real, as well. We do it virtually every time we see a movie. Foley artists enhance films by adding sounds which were either too faint to be picked up, or just not clear enough to register otherwise. These people use a variety of things to create these noises- and very often the things used are completely different than the actual objects we think we’re hearing in the film.
Sometimes we smell something which fools our senses, too. Some things have similar olfactory qualities although they might be completely different. If you’ve ever smelled a scented candle, your senses have been fooled.
All of our senses come to us through the electrical impulses sent by our sensing organs to the brain, correct? How long does a particular perception last? Not too long, right? Yet here we are, thinking we are actually seeing, actually hearing, actually touching, actually tasting, and actually smelling the world around us- but in what sense of the word “actual” does second-hand input have a place? All of our input is filtered through our nervous system and none of it arrives for our consideration directly to the “one who knows”, the inner self, the “I”.
If we are to embark upon the task of improving our reality, wouldn’t it make sense to find out just what reality is, first? That journey isn’t one in which we can begin by seeing the seen, but only by seeing the seer for what the seer is. Think about that. Then think about this, are our thoughts those of the seer or are they also part of that objective reality of which we have no direct linkage to?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What is our primary reality really all about?”
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