Is your reality more valid than mine or another?
Most people believe in God, a Creator, or "higher power". Many more do not believe in nothing that "empirical evidence" can't justify. Humans share many realities but other realities are exclusive to individuals such as whether God exists or not. The evidence of nature is good enough for Believers but not for non-Believers. Reality is a choice. Concensus determines what realities are accepted and which or not but cannot affect what is real at any given moment...
Since realities can be examined one against each other to determine which is best for all those concerned, we can conclude then that one is more valid as compared to another.
The best reality can be determined by the freedom it allows to those involved.
So in this light, a reality which allows absolute freedom for all involved, is the best and far superior to any that does not.
I think there is just one reality and that there may be parts of this reality that remain hidden to us. Science continues to make discoveries and develop theories that shed light on the vastness of our reality. It is within this mysterious realm that people differ in their beliefs and ideas. I cannot say if any are more valid than others but If reality is a choice, I tend to base my choices not on consensus or what is accepted, but on what I strongly feel. It is what it is. Have a nice day.
No one can say who's reality is right, who's reality is more fanciful, or who's reality is valid. I believe that each reality is valid, it just depends on how far down the rabbit hole you want to get. After all, if you consider that I find myself writing on Hubpages answering a question about reality. However, in someone else's reality, what I am viewing as sitting at a computer, might actually be performing sacrificial rites on a cat.
I agree though, reality is a choice. When I was a waitress I used to say that to horrible customers, that they can choose to be mad at me because they came at the busiest time of the year and of the night, or they can choose to feel privileged that they were able to afford to come down to this expensive little tourist village and were lucky enough to get a table at our restaurant that had been booked for days. But then again, people are mean when it comes to their food.
"Concensus determines what realities are accepted and which or not but cannot affect what is real at any given moment..."
What IS real? How can we say that one reality does not affect what is real when we don't know who's reality we're looking at? Quantum sciences have shown that particles behave accordingly depending on who is there to witness it. It goes back to that old proverb - if a tree falls in the woods, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Falling trees always make sounds because every fallen tree witnessed has made a sound. Movement of particles are determined by witnesses??? That doesn't make sense
But if you weren't there to hear it how do you know it makes a sound? That is the point of the proverb To someone deaf, it wouldn't make a sound - lack of sound would be their reality.
CertifiedHandy - yes and no. The particles are determined by witness yes. And it means that all realities exist together, but the mind can only focus on one, and chose it. It cannot witness multiple realities at once.
"Reality" like many things is in the eye of the beholder. It is the ego that makes people have to believe their perception of reality is right at everyone else's expense. There are some absolutes - like the sun rises in the east, but there are a lot of grey areas and many, many, many things humankind does not yet understand.
When I was a child I believed in the tooth fairy. That was my reality, even though others around me knew different. Everyone shapes their own reality through their own combined perceptions, knowledge and understanding. There is not one absolute reality. Watch a movie called "What the bleep do we know?" It's a great way to better understand the idea that there can be and is multiple realities and no absolutes.
There is only one objective reality regarding the events that happen. The difference is that that objective reality becomes subjective to the perspective, thought process, and emotions of the person viewing the event. How one person feels or thinks regarding creation does not change the fact that creation took place. as such, when we examine things in a situation (such as how the earth was created) neither side can prove in a mutually agreed upon universal for all manner how things were created, so both science and religion are equally valid in the absence of absolute proof. No one side is right or wrong at this juncture. That is why there is belief or opinion.
The answer that a deaf person cannot hear a falling tree is irrelevant. A sound is made whether the deaf person hears or not.
Sorry to continue on a different answer - but it's a concept. If no one is around to witness something happening, does it happen? It's like Shrodinger's cat. It is both alive and dead until we check to see if the acid killed it (I suggest google)
I don't really understand that whole my reality your reality notion. reality has a very specific meaning. something that exists independently of ideas concerning it. (from dictionary.com) This means even if i sit on my ice cream and call it a chair and stare at my door and call it a TV, it doesn't make it so. God either exist or he does not. The same God spoken of in the bible isn't suddenly real according to my reality and not suddenly real in the same way and at the same time because of another persons reality. This is a contradiction. Either one religion is right and all others are wrong, or atheist are right (excluding the ones that believe in evolution. this is another discussion) and everyone else is wrong. but we can all be right.
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