Thursday, January 28, 2010

The world is an illusion

Yeah, I said it. No, I'm not talking about The Matrix. Think about it this way, everyone in the world sees our world in a fundamentally different way. No matter how devoid of individualism, how full of conformism, you can't see the world like anyone else. No matter what the similarities, no two people see our world exactly the same. So, everyone sees the world differently. That means no one really sees the world as it really is. Not even the most shrewd, intelligent, and unemotional mind could see the world as it really is; human behaviour would dictate the mind to analyze the world around it. No one sees the world as it really is, unfettered by their beliefs, opinions, emotions, etc.

Also, my pal Kobes has a thing for The Prince, so we were discussing the topic of universal morality; is there really such a thing as good and evil? This quote is a bit over-used but we should still think upon it. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."-William Shakespeare, Hamlet. The idea of this quote is that actions are not good or evil, but defined by their intentions. For example, we consider lying bad, and rightly so. However, what if there was an instance where lying saved somone's life? Or any instance where it is more moral to lie than to tell the truth? You did the right thing, because your intentions were right. Now giving charity is generally considered good, correct? However, what if you did it to make yourself look like a charitable person? Well, thats just being hypocritical. Again, it's the intention behind the act, not the act itself.

So, what do you think? Is there such thing as universal good and evil? Is the world an illusion? Leave a comment below on your thoughts about this post.

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