What is Reality?
What is reality? Everyone has his own opinion about this question. Einstein has mentioned that “Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas.” (Einstein, p1) This is why people always hold onto what they believe is reality, and this finally lead to the formation of a mind-set. In my opinion, seeking reality means choosing perception and giving up prejudice instead of what we can accept.
The film called The Truman show, which stars Jim Carrey, tells the story of a man to the whole world. This man lived in a fake place which is made by a famous director. Everyone in his world knows that everything is false except Truman. He is the only person who has real emotion and he treats himself as the one part of the world, and believes in it. Before he looks at the truth, he has no idea for exploring, because he doesn't know any more without his life. This is the common perception for most people, as the director Christof in The Truman Show states “People accept the reality of the world as it is presented to them. It’s that simple” (The Truman Show). In other words, we must deal with reality as it is. Denial and resistance do not work on it.
However, what we just accept is not the real world. Through his movie, Peter Weir wants to tell us that achieving the kind of real life you want is within your power. We can see that when Truman realizes that he lives in a big lie, he tries his best to get out of it. Therefore, people’s own perception can decide the meaning of the reality. We can assume this situation in our daily life. For example, if one of your parents is dead suddenly, there are different consequences after you choose your perception. You can accept your sadness and fear, which leads you to complain about unfairness in the world. The reality of your world will be cruel and disappointing. Or you can choose responsibility, which reminds you that there is still a person who should be taken care of. The reality of your world will be grate and...
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