Man it feels like time is moving so slow and so fast at the same time, like it’s only Tuesday, but before you know it it’ll be Friday. Anyways I just had a lecture on epistemology (The study of knowledge) from our head of school. The lecture was very philosophical, raising points about reality and what it means to be here.
There are fundamentally two things about this existence that I can’t comprehend;
My own mortality, and the fact that no one on the planet (to my knowledge) has any idea how or why we’re here. Now I’ve spent a very large portion of my life thinking about those two things and I’ve learnt/figured out some stuff…
It seems that the reality that I see, and the reality that you see are different, built up by our biases and experiences. I mean we can both agree that that chair over there is blue, but are you really seeing it as my version of blue? Is there any way we can find out for sure?
What I consider to be right or wrong is based on how I’ve interpreted what I’ve been exposed to and the culture I’ve grown up in. Just because a society has come to the conclusion that something is right or wrong, doesn’t mean it is. For example, English people generally believe it’s wrong to eat dogs, but if you had grown up in a society like Vietnam, then it would be perfectly normal to eat dogs.
I guess what I’m trying to say is everything you see, is filtered through “You” goggles, and sometimes it can be hard to take these off, but being aware of it is definitely a good first step.