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May 15, 2014

What we believe is based upon our perceptions.

What we perceive depends upon what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality. - Gary Zukav

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 15, 2014 3:57 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I disagree. There is no such thing as 'our' reality. There is only reality and non-reality. When he says 'our reality' what he means is 'our fantasy.'

Technology and relative affluence allow people to live in a world of abstractions, more or less insulated from reality. That is a huge part of the West's problem.

Posted by: Lorne at May 15, 2014 4:58 PM

Uh, no.
Reality stands alone and is not dependent upon anyone's perception.
Lorne is correct.

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 15, 2014 8:01 PM

"What we perceive depends upon what we look for."

Looking for Kate Upton. No luck so far.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at May 15, 2014 8:16 PM


There is the Marcus Aurelius opinion to be considered here:

"A man is not affected by that which he sees, but by what he thinks about that which he sees."

So there's that.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at May 15, 2014 9:39 PM

Reality is beautiful twittering birdies and floating butterflies until the fist contacts the nose.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 16, 2014 6:01 AM

The Real is infinitely malleable and can't be parsed from the whole kit and kaboodle, from all of existence. You are the Real you have been searching for... You get to decide what that is, what it becomes. Free will, and all that, you see. Reality doesn't exist. It is eternal. Just like G_d. When you reach for the Real, try to grasp it, it slips through your fingers. Use cupped hands instead of grasping. It works better for gathering water and the Real as well.

Robert Godwin: Kate Upton will appear when your intention is strong enough. And then, you go to jail as a stalker.

Posted by: John Hinds at May 16, 2014 6:56 AM

That's the nice thing about reality though. Consequences are immediate and proportional: a short'n sharp feedback, no room for dithering excuses.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 16, 2014 10:24 PM

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