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A Philosophical Conversation In My Mind

Updated on October 6, 2011

Do you talk to yourself? Do You Answer?

Have you ever held a conversation with yourself, but not out loud? I'm talking about just questions and answers within your mind! How deep do you go with your conversations that you have with yourself? Below are some random thoughts about life's existence being real or perceived. Read my conversation below and feel free to answer the questions if you would like to. This could get very interesting.

The Conversation

(Question) Since the only evidence that we have of our own existence is sensory, and it is impossible to trust our senses, does it matter if our existence is real or only perceived?

(Answer) It doesn’t matter because first you need to define “real”. If your mind perceives something it appears to be real to you. If it is not perceived then perhaps it doesn’t exist after all. How do we ever know if what we see is just perceived in our minds or “real”? Our whole existence could be a thought.

(Question) For example, you live on a beautiful tropical island somewhere. You have no worries in the world whatsoever and life is wonderful. Would it matter if you found out that you, your real body, was locked up in some closet strapped to a virtual reality machine giving you a false perception of that life? (Matrix style)

(Answer) You could never find out unless you ended your perceived life because if you were to discover that you were in the virtual reality machine, it would be assumed that you really do exist in an alternate reality. Once that is discovered, than the life that you are living in the machine would end in theory. The whole idea behind the virtual reality machine is to enter an alternate reality with no memory of who you really are.

(Question) What really counts? The real truth of things, or the perception of reality that you have? Would you protest for actual reality if you were strapped in somewhere or go on living a blissful lie?

(Answer) If you are strapped in somewhere, that is your reality. I believe you would want to continue to live out the perceived reality because you can make it what ever you want it to be.

(Question) Would you want the Ultimate Truth or the Ultimate Happiness?

(Answer) I think I would like the Ultimate Truth. I keep searching for answers because I do not believe that our reality is real. I think we all live perceived realities. Now the question is, “Did I just enter your reality, or are you in mine”?


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      Allen Williams 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @molecularscale, Thank you for reading this and for your comments. I appreciate it. I will check out your blog.

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      molecularscale 6 years ago

      you, my friend, are very inspiring. i am a man of the mind and everything it has to offer, with the depth never ending. im new to this site and will use it as a medium, in the mean time please enjoy some of my recent works., everything is put on the table and every section of the mind is explored. thank you.

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      Allen Williams 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I believe that it is a way to communicate with what you called or referred to as the "Higher Self". This fits well with another hub that I wrote called "I Am My Dream Of Life". You might find that very interesting.

      Thanks for reading this hub and for your comments.

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      Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

      ah yes, I understand the voices...some might call it the Higher Self, or the Inner Wisdom...or some even might call it the Holy Spirit. Blessings

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      Allen Williams 6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thank you for sharing that story. I love things like that, things that make you think in a way that your mind opens to other theories but never really knowing what is true. I love it.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 6 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      Very thought provoking. Just reading it makes so many things happen within.

      We have a story of King Janaka who while sitting on his throne, dozes off. He dreams that he is poor, hungry and tired. He is attacked and his life is in grave danger. He wakes up and sees that He is on the throne. And then he wakes up to see that he had fallen in a pit and dozed off. He again wakes up on his throne and is now plagued with the question - "Is this real or that real?"


      Just thought of sharing with you :)