Are You The Only One?..
DOES THE WORLD OUT THERE REALLY EXIST?.. Or is there only you?.. Hold on, Wait a minute! Think about it for a moment. The You that is reading this… the awareness in your head that is also observing and interacting with everything around you is the only thing you can ever be sure of… Isn’t it?
Via your five senses, your awareness of self presents to you a perception of a world outside of You. This world is so convincing that you firmly believe it is real. You don’t even have to think about it. You just blindly accept that it exists, after all, you’ve been intimately involved with ‘you‘ and all this ‘outside stuff’ all your life.
You can see it, hear it, smell it, taste it, and feel it everywhere, but is it really real? Everything that you perceive could quite possibly be a fabrication, an elaborate dream. Sounds ridiculous but…
This is not something new, it is a philosophical theory called Solipsism that has been debated (for and against) by many great thinkers. Solipsism asserts that ‘nothing exists but the individual’s consciousness’- In other words, ‘Your consciousness’ alone exists. Everything else, including your body is an illusion.
At first it seems quite a harebrained idea, for it completely denies the existence of the world around you. Except when you put your mind to it. It really is impossible to verify anything but your own consciousness that seems to be centred behind your eyeballs.
Whether Solipsism has any credibility or not is impossible to say. We probably can never know whilst living this physical lifetime anyway, but think about it… Which parts of existence… of the world outside of You… can you ever be sure of? None. Each of us can only be sure of our own thoughts…
Dan’s Quote: “When you die you will become aware that life as you knew it before
______________death was just a dream, and this ‘new place’ is where you dreamt it.”
The idea for this post came from: ‘The Mind Unleashed. Uncover your true potential.’
Header picture: The majestic ‘Uluru’, Central Australia.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of Australia’s arid “Red Centre”. It is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago.