What do you know? Do you know anything? Is what you perceive all you know, or do you find information in things you’ve never experienced? How would you convey this, or have it conveyed to you?
I would say the only thing I know is myself. I know my likes and dislikes. I know my experiences because I can remember having done them, but then again they could have been dreamed or implanted by aliens or some such. I don’t believe this, but it is a possibility. I couldn’t tell you if I’m just a mind being monitored in a lab, or if I’m merely a part of someone’s dream.
However I tend to live pragmatically. So what I see, hear, touch, feel, and smell I will assume to be true. There is no proof for this, but it is pragmatic. To live like nothing is real could result in some horrific outcomes, like traffic accidents, or much worse, death. Now I can’t tell you if there is life after death, but again, pragmatically, we’ve no tangible evidence. You may believe as you wish, but you will not be pragmatic for doing so.
Then what is a reasonable belief if we have no proof of anything? In the end none are reasonable. Nothing can be proven. Even if you experience death first-hand, and then find yourself waking up in heaven/hell, there is no proof that is where you are. But then again the saying “perception is reality” would mean you are there, as you are here on Earth now. But that would also mean dreams are real as well. We experience them, we even live them while asleep. What is the difference?
Personally I will go with pragmatism. If I seem to be in a room typing away on a keyboard, that is the life I’m living now. If things deviate from what I perceive as normal, it may take time, but I will accept it eventually. So look around, and think about the life you’ve led. It will most certainly be different from my own, or others, but that is all we have.
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“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
― Albert Einstein
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