More Than One Reality
By: Ethan Caldwell
Reality is kind of like a memory. Everyone has their own different ideas of what it should be but none are necessarily the truth. For example two people who were both in the great depression could have totally different thoughts on the difficult times. While one could have lived on the streets struggling every day to find food and water, the other could have been among the few rich people and lived in luxury. Both of them would have very different memories about how times were back then. The same goes for reality. While we all might agree on what is real or not our thoughts on reality could be on different sides of the spectrum. The definition of reality is “the state or quality of having existence or substance.” If something is real to me then that’s my reality and same goes for someone else, so who’s to say that there isn’t more than one reality and why is humanity so interested in reality? I believe that humanity is so interested in reality because we are naturally curious. They say curiosity killed the cat and I believe that saying is very true. We as humans always want our questions answered be it a simple question like two plus two or a complex question like what is reality with no real answer yet. This curiosity is just part of our nature and it can lead to obsessions. Some people are so obsessed with finding the answer to questions that they devote their whole life to it and this obsession consumes them. Even if we found the answer to reality, how much would it change our everyday lives? The question that we so longed for the answer to wouldn’t even make a mark on how we live our lives and the person who found this answer would have committed his entire life to find this now insignificant answer. I’m not saying that I’m not curious about the answer because I am but I know that this curiosity is much more dangerous than the answer is worth. Let’s say that there is an answer to reality; it is so far away from our knowledge right now as humans. It would be like trying to explain consciousness to animals. We as humans know who we are and are aware about ourselves and others this is what separates us from animals. Even if we could somehow communicate with animals it would be nearly impossible to explain our feeling of consciousness to them. It would be like an alien who travelled to earth trying to explain faster than light speed travel to us. It would be too much for us to handle. Instead of trying to find the one true answer to reality everyone should have their own concept of reality and what they believe. We already have examples of this today. We have atheists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and more that all have their own concept of reality. But all of them try to force their concepts on others. None can just accept that some people have different views. Personally I am a Christian mostly because I asked myself if I were to die right now I would like to believe in something that would help me in the afterlife. If I died and God asked me why he should let me into heaven being an atheist wouldn’t help my case. With me being a Christian though I still acknowledge that we try to put our views on other people too. Just because people affiliate with a different group doesn’t mean they have the same concept of reality as them. Even though I associate myself as a Christian I wouldn’t consider my concept of reality the same as theirs, we just share common main ideas of reality. Just as Americans share things about reality that other people in different countries don’t. For example we believe we landed on the moon while people in other countries might think it is a hoax for fame. The area we grow up in, our parents, and even things such as what we look like can affect our ideas of reality. What I know to be an illusion can be someone else’s entire reality. The people in North Korea live in an illusion to us but to them it is their reality....
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