There is no Absolute Reality: Here's Why

There is no Absolute Reality: Here’s Why

Last Updated on May 29, 2023 by The Unbounded Thinker

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After studying reality and meditating on it for a while, I realized that there is no absolute reality because reality appears differently to every creature.

For instance, although we see a colored world, some animals such as whales, see the world in shades of grey, and although most of us can’t see a hen from a kilometer away, an eagle can see a rat from 2 kilometers away.

Some insects, such as butterflies and bees can see ultraviolet light while we can’t.

While surviving in the ocean is impossible for us, the ocean is home to thousands of fish species. These fish eat and sleep in water, and they can’t survive in a reality that is not surrounded by water.

Every creature experiences a different and unique physical reality, proving that there is no absolute physical reality. The color we think is red is not red to animals that lack a color-receptor cone that detects red. Therefore, while you think you are seeing or experiencing reality as it is, reality is appearing to you according to the design of your physical features.

For as Carl Jung observed, ‘Man, as we realize, if we reflect for a moment, never perceives anything fully or comprehends anything completely. He can see, hear, touch, and taste; but how far he sees, how well he hears, what his touch tells him, and what he tastes, depend upon the quality of his senses.’

Anyway, besides physical reality, there is no absolute mental reality because while we believe in a reality of setting goals, cats and dogs don’t know about this reality. Their reality only consists of sleeping, mating, eating, drinking, running away from danger, and fighting.

Besides, while you believe material success is important, a certain tribe living in a jungle believes material success is useless. To this tribe, the most important things are spiritual, physical, and moral development.

Therefore, don’t urge anybody to be realistic because there is no absolute reality. Anyone who thinks his reality is the absolute reality is crazy and egotistical. This person wants people to live by what he thinks is reality.

Lastly, don’t judge dogs, cats, or lions when you see them fighting for meat instead of sharing. Enjoy the fight, understanding that they live in a different reality.


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