How you experience life, what you know and how you feel about your circumstances are all matters of perception. Since we all only have one perspective – however broad and deep – we all live in a partial state of ignorance and delusion. Is my particular reality any less accurate or meritorious than yours? Since neither properly knows each other’s reality, it’s hard to say. And yet we will furiously judge each other based on the slimmest of facts.
“Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it’s as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can’t explain his to us, and we can’t explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication … and there is the real illness.”
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