Is It For Real?
By Sajawal Javaid
What is reality but the categorization and organization of subjective events into an objective way of life defined by our society? The unification of various experiences of different people; an attempt to give coherence and meaning to why the world is as it is. Does this make reality any more real than any subjective experience? Does categorizing reality as objective make it absolutely true?
Let’s see what reality truly is: reality is the way we express all that we observe from our senses. Everything we perceive that makes logical sense is our definition of reality. However, the major flaw with this argument, especially since we have decided to grant reality the honor of being an absolute truth, is that we are assuming that all that we perceive is all that there is; that our perception of the world around us is flawless. Though that, in itself, is ironically a flawed assumption.
Time and time again, we as a race, and as individuals, prove to ourselves that we are imperfect beings; imperfect in understanding, perception of and interacting with this universe. The human eye, a complex feature over which theologians marvel and awe, is in actuality extremely ill-formed for survival in this world.
Upon other disabilities like almost no night-vision or the natural blind spots that each eye experiences, the one that I would like to lay emphasis on is the limited nature of human perception in the greater scheme of things. The entire Electro-Magnetic Spectrum, ranges from 1 x 106Hz to over 1 x 1019Hz, humans can only perceive about, if not less than, 10Hz. That is a ratio of about 1 : 1000,000,000,000.
Now considering this, the only reason we do know of all the other constituents of the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum, like X-Rays and Radio Waves, is because we have devised methods of viewing the constituents indirectly. For example, the only way to perceive Radio Waves is via transceivers.
The point is: perception is flawed. Our mind has the tendency to play tricks on us. That is why illusions exist, where we look at a hollow mask the right-side out or inside-out and it would create the illusion that the hollow side does not exist.
This leads me to the question – if we are to base our reality merely on the assumption that what we perceive is real and correct, how can such a reality ever be real? Like the humans suspended in a reality which they believed to be real and coherent in the movie Matrix, how are we to believe that all that we see is just what it is? Or that what we can’t see doesn’t exist? Dogs are incapable of seeing the colors red and orange, but simply because those colors are absent from the reality experienced by a dog, does it mean that these colors don’t exist altogether? They do, but only to the mind perceiving them.
Reality is nothing more than an assumption. My reality is not yours, yours is not mine, and ours is not someone else’s. It is a construct of the mind that is subjective to the core. The only reason we declare it to be objective is because there is a large majority which perceives some of the core things similarly hence they declare those core values to be real and objective; existent. But are they really?