The Dogma of Reality
The Dogma of Reality
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
How do you explain cognizance? How do you know that what we see is real, indeed what is real? If a leaf falls in a forest and there is no-one there to see it, has it fallen? These questions cannot be answered without asking other questions. What is real can only be assumed, and given a name and agreed on by whoever assumes it also.
Reality may in fact be different for everyone. Imagine if we walked around with a bubble of reality around us. What we see within this bubble is our reality. When our bubble connects to another bubble, the vision of reality is shared with that person; we see, hear, sense and feel the same things, the same shared world. But that doesn’t mean what we experienced is real in any definitive way, just shared from a common point of perception.
It’s like colour; we can see colour and by learning by association can agree with someone else what distinguishes one hue from another. But beyond that association, one cannot assume that we see the same thing. Our vision, our perspective and our ability to distinguish one thing from another is entirely singular, experienced by us alone. What we see is not the same as someone else sees. That assumption cannot be proven.
Our minds are complex and the intricacy of our mental capability is astonishing. From birth we are conditioned to learn by association the reality that surrounds us, the objects and workings of our material world. We share the bubble (for want of a better analogy) with our parents and learn more and more, until we are old enough to interact ourselves, connecting to and sharing common perspectives with others. We learn that a table made of wood is strong and rigid, that glass is solid too, but we can see through it. Walls are solid and impenetrable and there are laws that govern every action, the sciences having given us understanding in the molecular makeup of our existence.
What if this perspective was just that, a perspective with which to observe a given reality? What if you could undo the conditioning in your brain and undo the knowledge of what exists in our world. Perhaps then the laws with which we associate the physical world would cease to exist, open to yet another perspective. Walking through a wall could perhaps be possible if the laws of our understanding were different.
So, human reality may well be a figment of our extraordinary imagination. Other realities may well be opened to us should we relinquish our conditioning and taught understanding of the reality with which we now engage. Have you never questioned the concept of memory, recalled and relived? Dreams are a great example of another reality. If we could use our minds with greater focus in alternative areas of awareness, what then would be the difference between something that happened a few minutes ago and a dream recalled?
Imagination is a perspective that has been proven over and over again to have come to fruition in the real world. Jules Vern an example with technology, submarines and other technologies taken from one mental perspective to another and shared by people in a broad sense of our common reality. The only difference is a time-lag. He thought of it, and some time later it emerged as a physical reality. Funny thing is that time is a human concept, a reality shared and given as a linear idea for us to understand. Again time is an idea that could undergo a different perspective and understanding not governed by what we now see as reality.
All these understandings of our life and world are shared as reality, but within the dark recesses of our under-utilised minds is a blank canvas where other realities are possible. These realities may in the end prove that what we assume to be is not. Humanity has evolved to a point, a rudimentary level of mental ability. What awaits us is less governed by the laws we now follow and abide by. We abide by them only because we believe them to be true. The test will be, when we can dismiss these laws, will they exist any longer.
Just like that leaf. Worth pondering don’t you think?
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