Ambiguous Reality

How do we define the word “real”? Where are the boundaries that separate reality and everything else? In my strangest imaginations, reality is the one side of the mirror that most people see themselves in everyday.



For hundreds of years. the inscrutable fence of reality has been struck down by mysterious, befuddling phenomenons and incidents.Yes, we’ve all heard of the construction of ancient miracles such as the Stonehenge and the Pyramids. We can go a little more unexceptional than the miraculously mathematical coincidences of bricks and stones. Have you ever felt that your dream is real? The Matrix depicts a computer-generated world where the people in the Matrix live in their computer-programmed dreams, perceiving green bar codes as reality. The “extractors” in Inception perform espionage in targets’ dreams, sometimes losing themselves in multiple layers of dream. Dream intrigues us in that they are really not so different from our memories. They are both shadowed, fragmented vignettes. Some cultures in the world view dreams as foresight of life in which the snatchy images reflect future events. Although we sight glimpses of superstition in that idea, it’s also harmless to accept it as an exotic insight since it is absolutely out of the way of textual criticism.


As said, under current technology there’s no way to prove the validity of such “future-predicting” theory. Who knows? Maybe it’s just the physiological irregularities humans so enthusiastically exaggerated to add some spices to routine life. Or perhaps it is the justification that humans developed for their unconstrained fancies.

If we simply define real as the scent we smell, the colors we see, or the flavors we taste, then reality is just the electricity transmitted throughout our body, which seems a rather insipid idea we wouldn’t be interested to embrace. The ambivalence that reality can be both objective and vicarious leads to more complex philosophies. Based on “subject reality”, personal contact with the world creates multifaceted realities for each individual. Extreme cases such as paranoia and autism also branch off of that basic theology in which individuals with irregular body functionalities see the worlds differently from others. However, if we argue that reality lies in scientific observations and universal laws, we regard reality as precise, uniform, and tenable. In order to pursue such “reality”, humans beings would try to limit sensual variations in return for affirmative facts because emotions obscure reason, infiltrating us with reckless sentiments and thus disabling us to see “reality”.

History has sorted out categories for us albeit the undefined boundaries of subjective and objective realities. Philosophy, literature, and religion are vastly open to individual interpretations while science and mathematics emphasize on accuracy and plausibility. We, neither thinkers nor scholars (for now), may have the freedom to define the world as fit, or, not uncommonly, alter the very face of reality.


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