Originally Posted by MattDamnit
I've been doing alot of thinking recently, to the point that sometimes I get scared. Just so many thought's crossing my mind, and I think this is the right place to post it. I've read about what could be there, and what is thought to be there. But what is really there? When I say there I mean everywhere. What if what our brain see's isn't what reality really is. I believe there was a book about filters that may be in the brain to protect it, from being overwhelmed that is was taught over time to do.
But who's to say what one person see's isn't a whole different world? What if the green grass that I see is completely different to another person, but the way his brain functions still allows us to never know because we are able to still co-exist and function. I'm a believe in God and worship him but thoughts like this drive me nuts. I mean I've experienced how one reality can be completely warped into another world and people I've been around have never know.
It's kind of scary to think that there can be the things and stuff I'll never understand that my mind might just block out. But what does an infant think before it has learned words? Things like goo goo ga ga? I probably sound like an idiot, but post up some of your thoughts that kind of really just blow your mind. I mean this is the Philosophy section right?
This is the core reason that I believe in multiple religions.
As you said, we each have a different perspective on the world. Our perspective is influenced by surrounding people, biochemistry, and other personal histories. This is why people disagree. Abortion will never be settled because people have different perspectives on the world, and they're both right to themselves.
Religion, in my best estimation, offers a different perspective on reality. The view through Christian eyes are different than Buddhist eyes. However, they are all based on the same reality... that is under the notion of one reality. For example, I place a playing card with the face to me and the backing to you. I can tell you that it's an Ace of spades. I can describe the curves and markings to amazing detail. Would you believe me if we're playing poker? All your senses can not tell you what I see. You just see the blue diamond patterns on the back.
The same is true for reality - we are all right (with faithful religions), yet we are all ignorant.
Atheists have had histories that make them to believe there is not a God
--They say others are ignorant
Christians have had histories that make them to believe there is a God
--They say others are ignorant
One of my findings while studying religions have led me to believe that when we die, we are able to see* reality without filters. *See, but I really mean "sense" - our dependency on our 5 senses show up even in our language.
I am led to believe this because of a popular "heaven" idea. Even many agnostics, or atheists that I talk to believe that there is some reward for being good. Some Buddhist schools call it Brahman - a togetherness in the universe (Enlightenment). This "universal" (it is not entirely universal) idea makes me believe that there is a final destination of togetherness, enlightenment, and reality. I wouldn't even say I believe this, but rather I'm hoping it happens
In my sense, I consider reality
to be the true God - something that we exist in, and can not fully comprehend, something that is all around us yet unattainable. In my
definition, science could be considered the "true religion" - the study of reality, god.
Reality - I mean everything that is real.
Perspective - A "filtered" view on reality.
I don't want to argue that people have different realities. Those are perspectives. If there are multiple realities, then I am just describing the one that I am in, and therefor, every human in my reality (all of you). Cognito ergo sum, I guess.
"The brain ticks at 6 billion signals per second,
most of which are hidden and not given to the senses.
Whether to do a few primitive tools of perception;
we're living in a pool of first-hand deception"