…one man's contribution to the Weeeeerly Wild World
…exist only within our mind?
I had this epiphanous sensation while I was riding along on my bike.
Like when we dream, it seems to me that the people we meet in our dreams aren’t actually the people themselves, they are figments of our imagination – how they treat us or react to us are just what we imagine, likely based on some logic linked to how we see them act in our waking lives.
I say it was epiphanous (which I’m not sure is a word, but it is now) because the feeling this thought gave me was that I had just stumbled upon some fundamental truth, although I questioned it further.
I had been watching the sciency series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and a recurring theme is that quantum mechanics shows that when fundamental quantum particles can exist in one of two states (the double slit experiment) the particle exists in both until it is observed – therefore the universe would not exist without an observer. Whose to say we are all individual observers? Maybe I’m the only one; maybe you only exist because I observe you!
Then a few days later I was in a face-to-face conversation with someone and while she was talking to me I actively returned to the thought, and it seemed wrong; my brain couldn’t be making it up. It didn’t fit. I therefore concluded that I perhaps spend too much time chatting to people online, via a keyboard, and therefore distancing myself from what is real.
But maybe I’m just talking to myself 😉
My point about how we treat others still stands though; if we do wrong by others then we do wrong by ourselves.