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I do think we create our own realities. By that, I think that what we believe, what we perceive, and what we allow to affect us is largely a matter of choice.

However: we create these realities with material that we gather by perceiving a supposedly "objective" Universe.

But. If the Universe is composed of subjective realities, what is the objective? Can we even perceive it (without resorting to the mental image, as I just did, of existence as six billion people wandering blindly around an immeasurably huge green-screened room wearing VR goggles)? How do we define it? Or is the Universe as we perceive it, unexpected bumps and all, the result of the bleeding-together of hundreds of millions upon millions of personal realities?

...perceived existence is merely belief colliding and colluding with other belief, by that framework. It's a weirdly comforting idea, really. Or maybe that's just me.

Or maybe it's that it's still not bloody Friday for another twenty-eight minutes, and this week has gone by with all the speed of glacial movement.

Yeah. Probably.

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cocoajava
Mar. 30th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
It makes sense to me. Some of the biggest blow-up arguments I've ended up in are with people that are CLEARLY perceiving the world a different way than I am!
neatlittlelass
Mar. 30th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
*Falls over* I would love to discuss this with you in person.

Also, I recommend reading Charles de Lint. In some of his novels, he has interesting points to make along this same vein.

*Wishes we lived closer together*
chandri
Mar. 30th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Hee! I have. He's one of my favourites. I've got about twenty-five of his books. You have no idea how disappointed I was when I went to Ottawa and discovered there really was no such place as Tamson House. :D

*also thinks that would be nice*
neatlittlelass
Mar. 30th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
He's a FANTASTIC author. Someplace to be Flying is probably my favourite book ever (I laughed, I cried [bawled, actually], I felt satisfied at the end... but without it being "happily ever after"). I have nothing but respect and admiration for his writing.

That's the kind of author I'd someday like to be.
chandri
Mar. 30th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
I loved Someplace to be Flying, but my very favourite is still The Little Country.
neatlittlelass
Mar. 30th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Hrm, I haven't seen that one (I only find his books at used bookstore) but I'll keep an eye out for it. And if I can't find it, I'll just get it from amazon. Thank you for pointing it out, it looks interesting (well, it's written by de Lint so that's kind of a foregone conclusion but you know what I mean).

Have you ever read Tea With the Black Dragon? A delightful little read.
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