belief

by Stormfish July. 22, 2013 5256 views

it is impossible to know whatever you think is reality… is indeed reality.

and that's not to say: reality “does not exist”, like so many people seem to conclude and thus find it an easy excuse for “anything goes”. it just means we are having systematic trouble to recognize it. reality IS real, no matter if you or me agree upon it - it simply IS.

so the problem lies with us. we never can be sure of what IS: we only have our 5 senses and a feeble brain to interpret their input signals, entirely subjective, selective and often downright illusionary. reality, as it presents itself to us, is never “as it is”, but always “as we see it”.

this is where BELIEF kicks in. it's a built in function of our minds, relating down to the oldest regions of our brain, and thus often so strongly attached to emotions and passionate, irrational “gut feelings”. basically, it helps the scared animal in the dark to survive its fear; by sending constant “no worries!” signals to it's panicking mind… and often, unfortunately, covers up the most obvious contradictions, conflicts and objections.

belief is the illusion of steady ground on the quicksand of reality perception.

i love playing computer games, especially of the adventure and exploration variety. these pictures show an entirely unreal persona of one of the most famous computer games: the action heroine lara croft from “tomb raider”. throughout more than a decade of computer evolution, her forms as much as the adventurous environments the player swings, runs and fights her through, she has developed from an edgy pixel model to a realistic character [youtu.be] who, aside her obvious fantastic fitness and forms, shows emotions and character. for many teenagers, interestingly enough both female and male, she has become a beloved idol as much as a virtual friend, a memory that some grown ups of today have spent hours and hours with in her game adventures and movies - often having more fun than in their offline world.

so i believe she is real.

real as much as god is, as much as santa claus and the bogeyman are real. all made up by our minds for various reason and supporting different beliefs not to be scared in the dark.

1996: tomb raider I [youtu.be]

2001: tomb raider (angelina jolie) [youtu.be]

2013 - tomb raider [youtu.be] - all life size models of lara croft were displayed in the computerspielemuseum berlin [computerspielemuseum.de], february 2013

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Jarvo J 6 years, 1 month ago

Whether or not reality is "real", it's best to assume that it is. In my experience, there's always another day following the one we're in, and whatever we've done today the consequences are sure to follow.

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Rachel Mvm 6 years, 1 month ago

"so the problem lies with us. we never can be sure of what IS: we only have our 5 senses and a feeble brain to interpret their input signals, entirely subjective, selective and often downright illusionary. reality, as it presents itself to us, is never "as it is", but always "as we see it"." very much agree.
Reality is real but it is also relative to the one perceiving it. And because it is never 'as it is' we can't agree to one form/image/perception of reality. our experiences come into play in our perceptions of reality. reality is individual. although there's that whole concept of consensus reality shared with whatever groups or clicks we belong to or 'believe' we belong to.now i'm deep in thought on your text. that's my reality right now.

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Josy 6 years, 1 month ago

Another difficult subject. To define the truth is almost impossible, for me. It is a concept with sensations and perceptions which we have of what surrounds us and with our imaginative potential. At the same time the need to believe in a personal reality is maybe similar to notion of continuity in the escape towards other unknown worlds, but not less real as the one that we know :))

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