Reality is negotiable
Why does everybody knowing something makes it right?
Try and picture this for a moment. People sitting in a dark cave, watching shadows cast on the wall, thinking that they are seeing reality.
If you were to take one of these people into the light of the day, they would be so dazzled that they could not see.
But, given time, they could look around, see the real world and even the sources of all that illuminates it: the Sun.When they go back into the cave, however, and try and explain the truth to the cave dwellers, they would not only be laughed at, they would be killed.
This is Plato’s Cave, one of the most vivid and memorable metaphors of all time that explains that we’re brain dead believers in illusions, more likely to be blinded by the light than actually to see it.
I believe that the biggest illusion that we tend to get told as we grow up is that the world is just “supposed” to be like that.
To play it safe.
To work hard at school to get good results.
So we can get a good job to pay the bills.
Have a nice family life.
Save a little money.
But just because the people around us have always took that path, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right path. It’s a tragical, conventional, limited idea of what life is all about.
A confusion between living and existing.
But still, for some people that path works.
Most people should go that route if you’re looking for a traditional life.
However, there are and always will be, people with different skill-sets, mentalities and preferences.
For example College can be good for learning about what’s been done before, but it can also discourage us from doing something new
from being different.
Learning what everybody is learning is also a way to remain in Plato’s Cave.
Instead we need to be asking way tougher questions. Questions that would make us escape this conventional thinking.
One famous example of this is Sir Isaac Newton. In 1665 Isaac Newton was at the University of Cambridge.
However, at that time Cambridge had closed due to the Plague.
Newton couldn’t attend his studies, but that didn’t stop him from thinking.
At that time he began thinking about a problem in astrophysics, specifically, he wanted to calculate the motion of the moon around the earth. In order for him to figure this problem out, he ended up creating some of the greatest advancements in all of science and optics in the two years that he had “stopped learning”.
He could have been a great student and made his teachers proud, but thanks to the plague some of the most revolutionary discoveries were made at an unexpected time.
The point is, we wouldn’t have benefited from Newton’s incredible theories if he didn’t stop learning and started thinking in his own unique perspective in order to create his theory.
We can hear all stories about all these people and the key thing that comes true is the variety of different experiences which they could draw upon in order to negotiate with reality and escape the cave.
It’s not your fault if you were inside a cave. But if you choose to stay it is.
To look everything with our unique perspective and not settle for accepting the straight facts (if there is any) is the only way out.
We should investigate, take things apart and see what they are made of , to see how they work.
And never be limited of what others have done before or what others think.
Once we accept that reality is negotiable, there will be an uncomfortable void within our mind.
This opens the door to seeing the world not as a hard wall that we could bang into , but a playground that we can actually play with.
It’s time to stop making ourselves fit in this world and start making the world fit in to us.