A Taste of Reality (Philosophical Blog)

I should be asleep by now since I have work early in the morning but my mind was racing and my Writing Persona wouldn’t let me sleep until I wrote all this down. 

I’ve been reading this book called “A Beginner’s Guide to Reality” it’s a philosophical book that I took from my brother-in-law’s bookshelf that tackles realism and questions what we perceive as real and what makes it real. It sounds weird and perhaps even boring but being a Philosophy minor as well as an avid thinker of weird things such as that, it fascinates me.

We go about our days reading books, watching television, listening to music and living our lives and we’ve become too busy to ever just sit and wonder what it is around us that gives us this pleasure and ability to feel. No one likes to talk about these things because it’s too complicated to really address and who can blame them? Questions like, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” are too complex to find an answer to, the only way to have a correct answer is to just simply believe your answer is correct and even then the answer is still not correct. Every idea and belief we have is simply an opinion and every opinion that exists is false; that’s a fact.

A famous question asked is, “If a tree falls in the wood and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” To which, the answer (at least my answer) is “Well of course it does.” But the retort to that is “how can the tree make a sound if no one is around to hear it make a sound?” The reason why we are so quick to say that “of course it makes a sound” is because when we think of things falling, we hear the thump of the object hitting the ground and so someone asking you if a tree falling in the woods makes a sound, our mind immediately pictures a tree in the woods falling and hearing the snap and crack of the bark and then a loud thump as it reaches the grass. However we still must understand, since we were not physically there and there is no one there (as the riddle suggests) then it is safe to say that the tree may not make a sound if it falls in the woods.

People view religion in a similar way, they say that if there is an actual and physical God, then why are we unable to see him? Well of course we can’t see him but that doesn’t mean we can simply dismiss the idea of God as nonliving.Or like saying “If we do not have this thought in our heads, then it is not true.” Well no one sits us down and tells us that we shouldn’t abuse our children but common sense will tell us that child-abuse causes a lot of psychological trauma to the child and should therefore not be done.

Going back to realism, we can’t know what is real and what isn’t. It’s all a matter of beliefs but the tricky part of beliefs is that we have to accept that our beliefs may not always be true. It doesn’t matter how many books you read or what degrees you have, your opinions will always remain opinions and no one will ever have the answer to everything. A cat is a cat simply because we believe it is a cat. A dog is a dog because we believe that it’s a dog. But if scientists were to tell us tomorrow that they’ve discovered that dogs and cats possess a similar ancestral background and may be related, does that mean that we as a society should no longer seperate the two animals from one another? (I’m about to jump to a completely different animal, bare with me and just go with it) Like if scientists said that all Seals, Sea Lions and Penguins were all Walruses from now on, do we accept that?

It was hard for us to believe Pluto was no longer a planet in 2006 but scientists say because of it’s size it is a star instead and it’s hard for our minds to grasp certain things like that. We grow up believing certain things and as we get older our minds change and a famous complaint we all have made in our lives at least once is, “I don’t know what to believe anymore”, well here’s the thing, as humans we have free thinking and are able to believe whatever we choose to. But our thinking can only be correct if we are truly able to accept that our beliefs and what we think is correct is more than capable of being wrong.

With that being said, everything I have just told you may be wrong. Whether you choose to agree is entirely up to you but there can be no argument that can be made to determine who is right and who is wrong. My brother-in-law and I had a discussion about what right and wrong is and when I told him that every statement and every opinion is capable of being wrong, he came back with, “But with that logic, at least one of the arguments could possibly be correct?” And of course, he is right, but then he came back with, “But which one is correct?” And that’s the million dollar question isn’t it? But with all these questions we have for the world, there really is no answer. Or is there?

(DUN DUN DUNNNN!!!!) (Twilight Zone Theme)

-Mr. Writer

Written on the 9th of March, 2015 at 11:12 p.m.

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