I grew up Catholic, which was an experience. I have nothing against religious people because their doing the same thing we’re all doing: trying to come up with an answer to this whole ‘life’ thing. But recently I’ve had this theory of well…everything. It’s impossible to realistically imagine the scale of the universe, or if you’re religious, your God and his/her consciousness. With that impossibility, I’ve come up with a possible conclusion. This may sound crazy, but what if everything was you’re Imagination. Now before you think of the stereotypical picture of imagination, think about dreams. Dreams are in essence a reality which you have created with your mind, correct? Any lucid dreamer will tell you dreams can feel 100% like this reality. So with that in mind who’s to say you don’t create the world around you. Like dreams, just with more concrete thoughts and a law of physics to go along with it.
True, dreams are created with the knowledge and understanding of this reality, but whose to say this reality isn’t created by you with knowledge of something else, or something prior.
Let me know your thoughts.
“trying to come up with an answer to this whole ‘life’ thing.”
The difference between established religion and what most of the other people here do is that established religions have stopped searching. They just said “OK, yeah…we figured it out I guess.”
Aside from this digression, I think your idea is actually a pretty valid one to ponder. We are certainly always talking about the relative nature of our realities, but as was said in the spider web/dew drop analogy, even if we are reflecting indefinitely like light passing through an infinite amount of dew drops, there is still a definite source of light that we are modeled after. Taking this and transposing it, it could easily be said that our lives are all dreams based on the light that is Absolute Universe.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I am not the only one.
Maybe reality is our shared dream that we are all experiencing simultaneously. Maybe I am who you will be once your current dream finishes. Maybe we all divided from the same original cells and are all experiencing the same consciousness strands at different levels and times. Maybe time is as much of a dream as ego, and I am Gandhi and a Nazi soldier and a caveman and you all at once. This is a funny game to play.
I’ve thought about this quitte a lot, and to me it relates a lot to the question whether other people are really conscious rather than just zombies in the philosophical sense. To me the most convincing argument to the contrary is that other people think about consciousness to and have insights about consciousness that are valid for me, but that I hadn’t thought of myself. For instance, the cogito ergo sum holds true, but did you think of this yourself before you heard about descartes? Probably not.
Obviously you could argue that some unconscious part of yourself figured it out, and put it into your imagination, but that just seems farfetched to me.
So paradoxically, I conclude that there is a reality out there, and it contains consciousnesses like my own, because it can teach me things about myself.
I had this exact same idea only 2 weeks ago!
What if the entire multiverse is one giant consciousness that we all share a fraction of, that is why the reality we perceive as humans is all the same, because we share this “dream”? It raises questions about the laws of physics: are these laws what they are because of the way in which we are trying to observe and understand this universe?
I defiantly see where you are coming from. My first thought when reading this was: then why are there wars, crimes, and hatred?. After some elaboration on your theory I realized that in some people ‘imaginations’ they came up with all the bad stuff. I myself am not too sure if there is an actual answer of why we are here and who is ‘in charge’.
@lucidmatt, Actually, I believe that anything that happens to anyone, is just a manifestation of their thoughts, that our thoughts are powerful. In quantum physics, schrodinger’s cat experiment, suggest that there is a relation between our thoughts and what happens in the real world. We create our own reality, so this world might as well be the group manifestation of all of our thoughts, say a massive conciousness grid
@thoth, I actually enjoyed reading all of your comments, I just find Thoth’s to be the most inspiring according to my own beliefs/theories. Everyone here has posted valid thoughts that I could ponder for days on end. Instead of getting into them individually, I will address them as a whole. Including my own original question, I encourage you all to to think about this: Isn’t it great we don’t know the answer? It’s like reading a fiction novel. As you go along you learn more and more about the plot. For me, this plot doesn’t end at death. Rather it is a ‘Part II.” Or a part VI, for that matter!-For us,those that question, instead of wait for a ‘heaven’, life is truly fascinating. I, like most of you, think about it daily. Even though you wouldn’t know it, think how boring life would be with a sure answer (heaven and Jesus)? It isn’t curiosity that killed the cat; it’s curiosity that gave that cat reason to live.
I look at things this way: It is great to persue those things you enjoy, that it what life is supposed to be. Some people find that in jumping out of planes and bungee jumping, others in video games, tv, movies, career, family, love, art, passions, science, a complete mess of any or all of these combined, it doesn’t matter. Some still find it in philosophizing, asking those deep questions, but we cannot go mad on those questions because how deep are they really?
I came up with a little philosophy recently: Why don’t animals kill themselves? (well apart from certain marine mammals) none ever commit suicide. Now this says that either they ask the deep questions and know the answers or the deep questions are not as important as we think they are, that life gets by perfectly fine without them.
Now this is not to say don’t ask the deep questions, it can be a true passion that makes it worthwhile, but to keep in perspective just how vital they are to life, and that is not at all.