Melanie is back with her Share Your World prompt and she’s posed some very provocative questions. So let’s get right to it.
Are we “here” or do we just think we are? (A metaphysical question today folks.) Can you prove your point of view?
About three years ago I wrote a post about a philosophy called “solipsism.” Basically, solipsism is the belief that the person holding the belief is the only real thing in the universe. All other persons and things are merely ornaments or impediments to his or her happiness.
I’m not a solipsist per se. I don’t deny the existence of anything else in the universe outside of myself, or claim it to be non-existent or not real except in my own mind. I know that each and every one of you who may be reading my response to this question is real. You exist. You have your own mind, your own life, and your own very real experiences.
That said, if I don’t exist, neither do you. If I don’t exist, nothing exists. To put it another way, when I cease to exist (i.e., die), nothing would exist — for me. So everything that exists for me is dependent upon my continued existence.
As to my answer to this very intriguing question, I am “here,” and as long as I’m alive (and mentally competent), so are all of you “here.” But purely from my perspective, when I die and cease to exist, I won’t be “here” any more and, for me, neither will any of you.
From an identity stand-point, which would be the worst for you personally to lose? Your face, your body, or your voice? Which do YOU identify with most strongly for your own sense of self?
Jeez, Melanie, what’s gotten into you today? Are you auditioning to take over my Fandango’s Provocative Question prompt? Okay, well, of course I identify with my face, my body, and my voice. However, if I lost my sight, my hearing, my voice, or developed an inability to use my body (e.g., became quadriplegic), as long as I haven’t lost my mind (i.e., still have a functioning brain and the ability to think), I would still have a sense of self, although without those other senses, I might not have a very positive sense of self. But were I to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease or severe dementia, and be unable to recognize those around me and probably not even recognize who I am or once was anymore, I think that is what would cause me to no longer have a sense of self.
Do you have a ‘song’? If you’re part of a couple, you could use “your couple’s song” OR a song that’s just always resonated with you.
I’ve had various special songs throughout my life, but they’ve changed over time and the course of my life. At this point in my life, as a septuagenarian, the song that most resonates with me is this one.
Are ghosts real or has someone been smoking something and just imagines them?
I don’t believe in an afterlife, or life of any kind, after death. I believe that when you die, you’re dead and gone, fini, kaput, done for, no longer exist, either physically or spiritually — except maybe, if you’re lucky, in the fond memories of others. So, with that as my core belief, there can be no such things as ghosts. Like God and the devil, ghosts are figments of our imaginations.
Please feel free to share a moment of gratitude you experienced over the past week.
I am grateful every day that I’m still here, that I’m still of sound mind, and that I have this wonderful blogging community to share my world with.