Posted by: Admin | June 15, 2011

Reality

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

(Einstein)

He was a clever fella, that Einstein, wasn’t he? I’ve been pondering the above statement for a while. What did he mean? That we all live in some Matrix-style fantasy, or that he was partial to the odd tab of LSD? (Just kidding, legal protectors of Mr Einstein’s reputation).

When I was a kid of 8 or 9 I remember asking my mum, how do we know that we’re really here? She answered with a clip round the ear (that was allowed in those days) and I remember thinking, well, I felt that so this must be real.

Both my sons are prone to metaphysical speculation. It made for some fun conversations around the dinner table when they were young.

If a tree falls down in a forest, did it really fall down if nobody saw it?

What makes you think reality depends on human perception?

So if I leave my vegetables on my plate, did I eat them really?

eh?

Just because you didn’t see me eat them, doesn’t mean I didn’t.

But they’re there on your plate still.

Are they? Isn’t that just your perception of reality?

Eat your vegetables.

But they don’t exist!

Eat your vegetables or I’ll clip you round the ear.

I’ll phone Childline! 

How times change!

Eleanor Roosevelt said no one can make you feel inferior without your consent which is a tacit acknowledgement that we can affect our own reality. However storm-tossed our little boats might be on the turbulent seas of life, we can always control our own reactions. We can choose to be battered, or choose to be the quiet, calm centre at the eye of the storm. So when all around you is chaos, close your eyes and find your own reality.

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