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“Everything changes, nothing remains without change.” Buddha

.An Apple Never Falls Far From The Tree

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We are born into a world of ready-made information. The moment we first open our eyes – from black to white, reds and yellows, to the wide array of colours, shades and tones – we are treated through our senses with so much information. But can we really call this information?

Let’s consider them as merely sensory details, just raw data entering our eyes, ears, nostrils, tongue and nerve-endings. There is so much we could do with all these sensations. There are so many combinations of sight and sound, taste and smell, and touch etc. And yet, how do we interpret these?

Children are shown pictures of an apple with the wording “Apple”, then pointed at and read aloud:
“This is an apple”.
Then they are shown the same for a tree:
“This is a tree”.
These two are then put together and they are told:
“Apples come from trees”.

Over 2 million years of human existence we have developed our intelligence and made sure it is carried on through the process of learning. However, it seems as though there is more teaching (and preaching) going on than actual seeking of knowledge.

No one challenges the fact that apples come from trees – it is readily accepted, no salt or sugar added, just straight off the rocks, undiluted “truth”. But what if it isn’t so?

What if someone screwed up somewhere in their perception of apples and trees, and sent it down from generation to generation. No one bothered correcting them because either no one knew better, or it was simply too stupid to even need to correct. And as it went on down the line, the others forgot, and soon it became accepted. How could that happen? Think about it.

What if enough people believe in an absurdity?
Then it HAS to be true, right?
What is the probability of a mass delusion?
Is it even a delusion when a majority have accepted it to be a reality?

What is real?
There is no one reality.
There is no “the Reality”.
There is only my reality, and your reality, and his and hers and their reality.
None of these have to be the same, and they usually are not, as much as you may think they are.

What we perceive to be reality is simply the way in which we choose to understand the world around us.
It is merely a construct, based on the inputs of our senses, forged by the process of our minds.
Every individual has their own reality, and thus, every individual has their own delusion.

So, collectively, does it all add up to one big reality? Where it all balances out, opposites cancelling out and similarities adding up? Or just one big delusion?

Apples come from trees, don’t they?


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May 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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  1. Agree with what you’re saying. We are being taught that it is the truth and perhaps stopped in questioning the facts. And in most cases questioning the teachers were considered a day light crime.

    If I am not mistaken, Aristotle was the first thinker to come up with the idea that the earth is spherical, and at that time it was widely believed that the earth was a flat surface where only Europe had any kind of inhabitants. Aristotle was laughed at, but at the same time people were living in other parts of the world.

    In my view the reason was the capacity of information at that period. They knew the sun and the moon as it was the only thing out there that you were able to see and unable to touch.

    And now we are way too advanced and more information is flowing around the world, and we call ours the greatest mind of all. Yet we believe in the things that we sense in our senses. And we are bound to accept it as the truth. But what if some find another form of sense that only he can feel and with that he learns that “this is not true” how many of us will actually believe it? As rational thinking is using your mind and making decisions, how do we make a decision? by linking the facts that we already know. Hence if we do not understand this new dimension will we ever accept him?
    We would just laugh at him when he keeps insisting that apples are blue


    May 13, 2009 at 10:29 pm

  2. We rely on our senses too much, we use our minds so little. We accept a lot of things at face value, as we see them they are, and if we don’t, they do not exist. If we are to believe that someone we cannot see, hear, or smell, or taste, or even touch, there must be extensive scientific research done to prove so, otherwise we will only laugh it off. Our mind’s are only used as a last resort, because our responses have become programmed. Humans do not learn as they used to, humans are now taught. The blind are leading the blind, you could say, even the deaf leading the deaf, and the mute leading the mute.

    But science itself is not necessarily 100% bullet-proof pure fact, it can be wrong, if your findings are based on previous assumptions, which could be wrong, just not proved to be yet. If something fails to meet scientific criteria, which is questioned? Obviously that thing, not the science, that’s just too much. So as we go along, we accept science and it solidifies as something permanent and unchanging that will never be questioned, anything that comes up has to either conform or die.

    It shouldn’t be so, humans make mistakes, we need to identify them and correct them. Not just live with them until something goes horribly wrong and then run around screaming “THE SKY IS FALLING!”


    May 14, 2009 at 10:14 am

  3. thats the debate then should we study the world in a scientific approach where facts are proven or should there be a more meaningful method to grab the reality?
    well it is a debate in sociology approaches, and many thinkers still could not find a proper answer.


    May 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

  4. Probably off into space on this one, but it just reminded me of something I was thinking about..

    Let’s just say there are three people. You, Jane and I.

    You see an Apple and associates the colour as Red..
    Jane see’s the same Apple and associates the colour as red.
    I see the same Apple, and associate the colour as Red.

    But what if you’re not actually seeing Red, BUT instead you are seeing BLUE, yet Jane and I see this colour as Red.

    So you may associate the colour as RED, yet you could be seeing another colour and you go throughout your life identifying that book, that flower as Red and it may appear to everyone else as Red, yet you and them (quite possibly) are seeing a completely different colour.

    What is Red?
    What is Blue?

    We all see the colour Red, we can identify what Red is, but what do we see?

    We can simply say ‘Well that’s easy to solve, everyone point to what colour Red is’
    And we would most likely point to what Red is, but how can we know if we are seeing the same shades, the same colour?

    We learn to adapt, swallow down what we’re taught, but what do we really see?

    I hope this made sense…


    May 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm

  5. that’s not off topic at all.
    that was one of the aspects I wanted to write about, but I decided to keep this one focussed to some extent.
    as Rannelee mentioned, about the blue apples, I guess she was talking about the same thing too.

    I’ve always wondered what if others don’t see the some colours as I. Maybe that’s why we each have our own favourite colours? It made perfect sense.


    May 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm

  6. The earth is apparently growing according to these chaps. and some convincing arguments there too..

    i was going thru ur blog ehen you were changing around ur template. The blue one was nice. This is alright too.


    May 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm

  7. cool, thanks.
    but the blue was rather restricted
    the earlier one let me put huge ass pictures
    in all of these they seem to break out
    still looking through
    will probably revert it back


    May 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm

  8. interesting post. “If we are to believe that someone we cannot see, hear, or smell, or taste, or even touch, there must be extensive scientific research done to prove so, otherwise we will only laugh it off.” that being said the fastest growing religions of today are the one’s based on monotheism.

    who else but me

    May 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm

  9. P.S You changed your DP, nice.

    I notice these things.

    Yours Sincerely, Stalker Gurl.


    May 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm

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