“…Albeit a very persistent one” Reality?
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I like to think of that quote on how we see colors, or sight in general. Sight is generated from a light sources off of an object, said object reflects/absorbs light rays which goes to our ocular nerves, which our brain interprets. My point, what your perceive is irrelevant as there is always reflection/absorption or life in general. Ergo you can do nothing but life still goes on or you can do something and life still… goes on.
What is reality? I don’t know. My best guess, an intersection of at least 16 dimensions (possibly as many as 26 or more), of which we only perceive 4, (5 if you consider that when mass bends space-time, it must bend those four dimensions along at least one other dimensional axis). But the reason we cannot escape reality is because we perceive it. Because we can make sense of what we see and present models that make it work. Because we can make planes fly, we know the difference between yellow and indigo, we can watch trees grow. Because we can do all these remarkable things and know why they work we cannot simply cast aside our reality. We simply cannot up and deny all that we know, all that makes us “real”, simply because we think we understand that it is an illusion. Even if we believe this reality is an illusion, we still cannot deny the gravity that makes us sit to meditate, the colors we do not see when we close our eyes for prayer, nor the cool air we feel as we run through the woods with the goddess.