the Nature of Reality: You’re mostly blind. But this isn’t
really your fault; it’s because of the shell of meat you’re
happening to live in right now. Think, for just a moment, at the
nearly infinite amount of things happening right now all around you.
I’m sure you can think of quite a few things. Now, let’s talk about
You can’t see any of the infrared or ultraviolet light spectrum.
Unfortunately, this cuts out quite a lot of things your eyes were
built to see. Sorry about that. You can’t hear anything below 20 Hz,
or above 20 KHz . You can definitely feel about 12 Hz, if you play
it really loudly. Go on, give it a try.
With just those two examples, if you hadn’t before, now you can
really start to understand all the stuff you simply can’t perceive.
I’m sure you can think of five more examples of an immense class of
Things that you can’t notice are right in front of you.
But it gets worse.
Stop for a moment, and try to notice as many possible things in your
environment that you can, simultaneously. Notice that, as you start
to identify more and more objects, sounds, smells, and tactile
sensations, you can’t keep them in your head all at once. When you
notice, for example, the pressure of your shoe against the ball of
your foot, that distant bird chirping seems to fade from your
attention. And let’s not forget about how much stuff you weren’t
paying attention to when you started reading this. Let’s face it: We
all live our lives with blinders on. We only allow ourselves to pay
attention to 1% of what we physically can perceive, which is an
infinitesimally small percentage of all the stuff in the Universe.
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And that fraction of a fraction of a percent is what we usually call
“Reality”. We call it “Real”, as if it’s an unshaking firmament of
solid Truth, that what we see is all that’s really “out there”. But
you’re not even paying attention to the 99% of stuff that you can
even sense. And this “Reality” is what we base our judgments on how
the Universe “works” and what “should” be Out There. We construct
our actions and reaction to this 1% of available information, and
reject everything else in the Universe. And then some Authority
comes along, and tells you that they know what’s really real, and
that you should do as they do. Talk about the blind being led by the
blind… or in this case, the blind being led by the incredibly
stupid. “Okay, big guy,” you say, “So what’s really out there, if
you’re so smart?” I have to tell you… I don’t know. I have the same
blinders that you do. I live in the same kind of box.
But I will say one thing. My saying “I don’t know” doesn’t mean, “I
don’t know, and I don’t care, because there’s no way to escape the
biology of my sense.” I say, “I don’t know, but I want to find out.
I want to try and see and feel as much as I can, I don’t want to
take somebody’s word for it, I want to keep exploring, and figuring
shit out. I want to walk out of my Prison Cell, even if I just end
up in another one. I’m not content only seeing a fraction of what’s
out there. Because hey, who knows what kind of fun I’m missing?