Living in Different Worlds

After we are born through habituation and education we start living in certain worlds that are shaped by humans: for example the world of the society we are living in, or the world of our family in which we are raised. But of what do these worlds consist exactly?

It would be easy to say those worlds are simply to be considered as being a summation of all elements and phenomena that you find within a certain world. But actually more than the individual factors within such a world the relationships in which those factors are positioned among and against each other, you can say the facts, are characterizing the worlds we create, define or perceive.

Those factors of facts sometimes are given, for example one characterizing fact about the Himalayas is that the Himalayas consist of high mountains, some are interpretations made by those observing and perceiving those worlds. But even those measurable facts like the concept ‘mountain’ after all is a interpretation made by those perceiving: human beings decided what is called a mountain and what is called a hill for example.

Of course this can lead to strange definitions. If for example you speak about the void, then there is the characterizing fact that the void consists of nothing. But this fact itself actually contradicts the definition itself: the void is not exclusively nothing because there is the characterizing fact about the void that there is nothing. That means the void = nothing + the fact that there is nothing.

The problem here is that we are always observing things and then define them according to our perception. But the example of the concept ‘void’ should show that actually we are not able to perceive things in their essence, we can only perceive things by defining them through conventions that are brought to us by habituation and education. But by defining them we actually corrupt their true nature  by our interpretation, which is restricted by the vocabulary of our human-made languages which we use for applying those conventions.

Concluding those reflections in brief we can say that the worlds we create are illusionary because behind the phenomena that we perceive in these worlds there is no reality since they are based on human definitions and conventions, but we can also say that the void is illusionary as well since the concept ‘void’ itself is based on a human-made convention, being the the fact that void has to be some kind of vacuum in which there is nothing, besides this fact that there is nothing.

So if not only the worlds that we perceive through our senses are illusionary but also the void, the nothingness, is such a world that we defined ourselves and consequently can only be illusionary, where exactly, in which environment, can we situate what we experience as our life then?


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