Hi all, I hope everyone is keeping well. Iv been thinking more about the nature of reality and perception, I’m struggling a bit to place perception in my world view. Though I think I’m getting a better idea of it. Perception as I said before is a tricky thing, it’s different for everyone– but what is common is that we all perceive and yet there are things that we perceive commonly. There’s a large belief that what we see is an illusion, that all perception is real and true in that sense. That would presuppose that the delusions illusions I suffered in my mental health brake down were true, that doesn’t really sit well with me. Science itself supposes that what we see is an illusion, on the fact that everything is energy, which is true. The general sense of this proposition is that all mind dependent properties are illusions, so as perception occurs in the mind all is an illusion. So such things as color is an illusion, in essence that reality itself is colorless, shapeless and without any from or quality. If that is so where then do such thing comes? We can’t create such things form nothing, that is to say without experiencing something. Needless to say, I don’t like this proposition that everything is illusion. Rather I think reality and things in it must have these qualities. Reality has the quality of experience and the things in it have primary and secondary qualities, these qualities a are part of the thing in itself. Too, I don’t see that it is helpful to hold the view that everything we perceive is an illusion created in or by the mind– to me this as an idealist point of view. It has no pragmatic value.
Rather I think the things we perceive are qualities of reality, of the objects contained within in it. I do not believe as the idealist believe, that reality is created in the mind. The universe I think would still be there without anyone perceiving it. The qualities it processes would still be there. It is in my view that reality is imposed, that is not to say that illusion and dilution don’t exists, far from it— these things do happen. I can testify to that, so it is that delusion and illusion are qualities of the mind. The mind is an object within reality.
Perception as much as it is problematic is also wonderful, it is the source of diversity and art. Perception, provides verity but answering why we all perceive events and things differently is still a puzzle to me. Though having said that we have shard perceptions, the vast majority of people will see a green leaf for example. But not everyone will, which is hard for me to understand. I can conceptualize it but will never know what its like to be colorblind, its is an aspect that would seem to support the idea that it is an illusion. Though I think on closer examination it doesn’t, if we consider that such an individual is lacking something or perhaps something is muddled up– that allows everyone else see such qualities. These things too can now be corrected with special glasses. Yet remembering events is also very different, why do people remember things differently? That I think is because we are at all times subjects to mental states, subject to emotion which affects what we see as important. Amplifies certain thing and makes other things seem less important, hence we remember the same event in a verity of different ways depending on an individual’s mental state. Metal sates are also the cause of such things as psychosis and other such mental health problems, these things are very real yet doesn’t make them true. The mind then has the quality of abstraction, imagination and is flawed— can be mistaken. That is okay, it simply means me can’t always trust our perception and have the responsibility to question it. Though that doesn’t negate that fact that something real is happening to us, something that is external to the mind and has qualities that it presents to us. All be it we are limited and don’t view the thing in itself, doesn’t mean all perception is an illusion.
I’m just looking for way here to understand for myself, so I have a way navigating the world such that it is reliable and I can to certain extent trust. If you can think of or know of a pragmatic use for holding the world view that everything we perceive is an illusion, please let me know. Again, these are just my thoughts– I’m interested in hearing yours. Even if you are in disagreement. Stay well all.