Reality is just an illusion

Is our world real or are we living in an illusion?

People assume that the world they live in is reality. But how can you prove that? Maybe our world is just an illusion and we don't notice it.

Perhaps everything we perceive with our senses is pure imagination. In reality it does not exist at all, it would be like in a dream, so to speak: We experience something and we have the feeling that it is happening in reality, but in reality we are asleep in our bed and our dream world only takes place in our head . And dreams are sometimes so intense that I can no longer distinguish between reality and dream ...

In the film "Matrix" reality is replaced by an illusion. There people live in a virtual computer program called “Matrix”, which is given to them by machines. These machines rule over humanity and use them to generate energy. The real world is in ruins.

The chosen one Neo has a choice: either he comes into the right world and fights the machines or he returns to the matrix and cannot remember anything. But what would we have chosen?

On the one hand you want to experience reality and free yourself from the machines, on the other hand you would want to continue your old, normal life without knowing about the matrix….

Suppose our world were also just an illusion: would only the material things (all things that we can perceive with our five senses) be virtual or would our feelings not be real either? Would life still have a meaning then?

Science has produced so much knowledge. But who knows if these theories are all true?

Maybe I see the sky red and not blue? And the grass is orange for me?

How can I prove that I perceive the (color) world in the same way as the rest of the world?

Maybe everyone sees the colors differently? Then what is real?

There is no way to find out either. Because we have assigned names to the colors and defined them. That's why nobody notices anything or questions the facts. If I see a red sky, I still say that it is blue because I learned from the start that the color I see is called “blue”.

Friedrich Nietzsche also thought about the illusory world. His philosophy says that people unconsciously create an illusory world for themselves by naming and defining reality with terms. Thus, the real things become generalized and become an illusion.

„…the truths are illusions that have been forgotten that they are, metaphors that have worn out and become senselessly powerless, coins that have lost their image and are now considered as metal, no longer as coins.

Now, of course, man forgets that this is the way it is with him: he lies unconsciously in the described way and after hundreds of years of getting used to it - and precisely through this unconsciousness, precisely through this forgetting, comes to the feeling of truth.“

Bertrand Russell justifies his theory almost equally: Our sensory impressions define things without us worrying about their real appearance.

We are in the habit of making judgments about the "real" shape of things, and we do so so thoughtlessly that we imagine we are actually seeing the real shapes. If our table is "in reality" right-angled, from almost all points of view it will appear as if its top had two acute and two obtuse angles.“

So much for the philosophers.

I've asked myself so many times:

Does God Really Exist?

Where does the universe end?

Is there a life after death?

But even science has no answer to these (philosophical) questions ...

You cross the line between reality and illusion.

But actually you could doubt anything ...

Christians believe that God exists because of their belief.

They worship him, go to church as a token of their devotion, celebrate Christian festivals and align a more or less large part of their life according to their religion. But there is no proof that God really exists! But religion depends on belief and not on knowledge. People trust in God, in faith in him, and draw strength from it. Although God is actually just an illusion, He made so many people happy in this way. Because through the firm belief in him he becomes real for her.

But there are also examples of fanatical beliefs leading to war (September 11th, conflicts in Ireland)

I believe that everyone has to decide for themselves how to deal with this topic. You can think about it as long as you want, in the end all you can do is make assumptions that justify a theory. We will never know the truth about whether our world is real or not.

Who gets the idea these days that life couldn't be real?

Even if we were to live in an illusory world, we still do not notice it. Would we be missing something in this other world? Or could we still be happy? I think life is still real.

I also find it hard to imagine that my life and my environment do not even exist, they are simply too real for that. Maybe this text that I am writing right now doesn't even exist? But what do I do then at this moment?

Even if I tried to question the world, I wouldn't get an answer to it. So the easiest way is to accept things as they are. If you questioned the existence of the world, life would seem pointless. But as long as one can enjoy and determine the life that one perceives and it appears real, it doesn't really matter whether it is illusion or reality.

by Lorena Pohlmann