What is Real and What is Not? (There is no Non-Reality)
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When a person experiences something, no matter what that “something” is, a reality is established.
As some of you regular readers know, I think that even the so-called hallucinations of schizophrenics represent a reality, maybe not the reality non-schizophrenics experience but possibly the real reality, or aspects of that real reality, which is hidden from us as Plato intuited.
That philosophical conundrum aside, anything which is perceived becomes a reality, in its own right. Illusion is real. Everything is real.
A person who witnesses something strange in the sky, let’s call it a UFO (despite a possible screed from Zoam Chomsky), is seeing something real, since he or she has perceived it.
The tangibility of the thing seen may be disputed, but the observation itself creates an observational reality, no matter how ephemeral that observation is.
Poetry spoken to a group, and not written down, may disappear into the night air, but the reality of the poetry was established, no matter how evanescent it was, much like the open-air dramas of the Athenian Greeks, Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, et al.
That some of those open-air dramas (and comedies) were written down, concretizing their reality, much as UFO reports (sorry Zoam) concretize flying saucer sightings, even if those sightings are hallucinatory or neurologically induced, makes them truly real.
Even the so-called appearances of the Virgin Mary, at Fatima, Lourdes, and other sites, or the voices of Jeanne D’Arc have an established “reality” because they exist, at least in the human zeitgeist, in fact, temporal, since we can discuss them.
The appearance of God in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) or the angels in the Qur’an become real by their notations in those holy books.
Now, one can discuss the nature of reality, as acknowledged above, but that’s the nature of reality, not reality itself.
One could go far afield with the topic of reality but, for me, ghosts, Big Foot, the Loch Ness monster all have a reality, maybe not a reality that enthuses me to deal with them at this blog, but a true reality, in the sine qua non of human existence.
I’m trying to cope with an explanation of UFOs here, not the reality of them, which is, for me, an established actuality.
Skeptics, deal with it….
(Image above from consciouslifenews.com)