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Reality and Illusion

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 13, 2012

The thoughts in this post were conceived when I was reading Pat Cegan’s wonderful post titled “Figment of My Imagination.”

What defines our interpretation of the world? How can we trust that what we sense is real and not just an illusion? Lets explore a few arguments and see if we can answer these questions, and in the process define illusion.

Human beings have been gifted with two powerful abilities that enable us to interpret events that happen outside our mind. These abilities are Logical Reasoning (LR) and Emotions.  They exist in the form of 2 windows through which information passes to reach our mind, where it is interpreted. Hence, Observation of an external events passes through either or both of these  windows and results in an interpretation by our mind.

When an observation in the form of a sensory stimulus passes through the window of Emotions, it is corrupted by our desires and wants, and the output that reaches our mind is an illusion. When an observation passes through the window of LR, it remains uncorrupted by any of our subconscious biases, and the output that reaches our mind is reality.

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Unfulfilled Wants Beget Lust For Power

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 7, 2012

“Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.”

– Bertrand Russell in “The New York Herald-Tribune Magazine” (1938).

What effect does suppression and control have on a form of energy that governs everything within us and without?

It would be a mistake to equate suppression with elimination. A want, desire or any other manifestation of human energy can only be temporarily restrained, it cannot be eliminated. Over time, the bottled up energy transforms its nature and eventually finds a way out in forms that are more malignant than its original existence.

A pure desire borne out of the human heart is as innocent as a new born baby. And every desire has an energy driving it, an energy which itself is divine.

However, external repression corrupts the very benign nature of this energy and the result is the birth of a desire that is evil and  wicked.

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