22 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 12/28/17

  1. I would say that there is a reality out there beyond our eyes, but that we can only know of it through the activity of our sensory organs and the images of it which our brains build out of that activity, which is shaped in large part by our beliefs about it and our knowing of it (epistemology).

    Ponder, then, this Zen story:
    The Stone Mind

    Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country. One day four traveling monks appeared and asked if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves.

    While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. He joined them and said: “There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?”

    One of the monks replied: “From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind.”

    “Your head must feel very heavy,” observed Hogen, “if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind.”

    1. I would argue there is no such thing as certain, definite reality; or if there is we will never know for sure. I argue this because all humans see the world differently therefore there are as many realities as there are human beings.

  2. I think reality is subjective and objective. I know people that live in their own version of reality because they lack the ability to see how they are perceived. I would call the reality that they live in subjective and the actual reality objective.

  3. Subjective. You’re perception may be different from mine, but it is no more valuable. We are only capable of seeing a small bit of the entire spectrum or hearing only a certain range of frequencies and decibels. Even if we could sense everything we would filter it through a lifetime of experiences. Quantum mechanics even says that matter behaves differently while being observed. So that being said…subjective.

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