The Reality of Belief

The great task in life is to find reality.

We make most mistakes, we suffer the most, and we do the most harm when our thoughts and beliefs differ from reality.  It’s when we create stories and assumptions in our own mind which are untrue that we begin on a journey of falsehoods.  And, those falsehoods lead to; alcohol abuse, drugs, eating disorders, gambling, heavy smoking, self-harm, casual sex ~ just to find temporary comfort and the illusion that our falsehoods are true.  When our beliefs are untrue we can suffer from anxiety and depression, together with a host of other serious mental illnesses such as;  Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.  The stress of having beliefs which differ from reality causes a raft of physical illnesses, including cardiovascular problems, cancers, diabetes, dementia, and early death.

Yet, there is no such thing as reality.

Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  ~  Albert Einstein

It seems that in quantum physics and interpersonal relationships there is no such thing as cause and effect ~ no straight line between the past, through the present, and into the future.  Even in very close relationships there are often merely shared perceptions of the world ~ and two people may both share perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs which are untrue.  If alcohol, drugs, or mental illness is added into the mix then we get dangerous situations such as physical, verbal, mental abuse and co-dependency.

If your life is going down the shitter, if you are prey to addictions, if you suffer from a mental illness ~ then the chances are that your thoughts and beliefs have seriously differed from reality.

Einstein and other serious thinkers may tell us that reality is merely an illusion, BUT on a day to day basis we have to live in whatever reality surrounds us.  That means seeing and accepting reality as it is, and not as we wish it to be.  Reality is neutral and impersonal.  Reality has no expectations and no beliefs.  Reality is the true state of things.  There is only one past, present, and future reality ~ it is our own perceptions and beliefs which create an infinity of different versions of the past, the present, and the possible futures.

To find true reality is both very easy and very difficult;

  • be totally honest with yourself and others ~ reality is truth
  • never take things personally ~ reality is impersonal
  • do not make assumptions nor create expectations

Some say that reality is an illusion.  And that we are all just simulations living in a matrix.  All I know is that when my beliefs differed from reality I got myself into some serious trouble.


jack collier

to discover your ultimate reality requires a lot of deep thought


10 responses

  1. I get it frustrating as hell


  2. Wouldn’t that be beautiful by living a life happier, unique, penned, centered?

    Then we have societies rules, what u can do and how you so want to change not to be them?

    The more you try the more it Dr asws you back…


  3. Yes, true Jack. sounded a little as if I was just trying to start another cult. I must ask Kalliope here why she seems to think that truth is dreadful or dangerous. Surely the truth should give more hope than lies? But by truth I mean something which can always be seen as universal, and this rules out all dogma. Dogma can be very useful. It is a means to an end but it is always allegory and never reality. Real truth has to correlate possitively with every assumed fact in the universe in order to be real.
    Of course this is a very tall order, especially as scientists are even divided as to whether the universe started with a big bang or is steady state! But we should never give up looking for the truth, and should never fear it.

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    1. In the end, if there is an irreconcilable difference between others perceptions and your reality, just pack up, walk away, and watch the bloody mess from a distance.


  4. The trouble here is that almost everyone in the world believes things that are not true. There is something called consensus which people try to subscribe to, but consensus is increasingly wrong, mainly because of the influence of social media, and misunderstood science. Therefore more and more thinking people are finding that they cannot subscribe to current mainstream beliefs; that their beliefs are at variance with the society that surrounds them. When people become aware of universal lies it makes life very difficult, and the reaction of the majority is just to go along with it all, in order to remain sane. But this results in a form of self imposed dementia, where the ability to reason has to be deliberately restricted. We badly need dissenters to get together, and at least form small groups which are able to live with the truth.

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    1. Another Great Truth.
      Just remember that 2 dissenting falsehoods do not a reality make.
      Kudos. ❤❤❤

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  5. Lies give people hope. To continue the species. No thing has any meaning except the meanings we attribute to them. To have any conception of truth will undoubtedly contrast with the truth of others. We are influenced by our personal experiences, destined by demography, as dictated by the zeitgeist we may find ourselves in. It doesn’t matter what is it is not real or true, it depends on each individual and in the moment of choice. Different priorities will impact ones beliefs about what is true, what to do, what to believe, and how to live.
    The way we present ourselves is not the same as what people see. The way we view ourselves is not really real either, for we see who we want to be, who we were, what we look like, but not as we are.

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    1. To become sane we must first establish what is reality and what is a false belief.
      You know a great truth, and you express it well. ❤❤❤

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  6. We may have always lived in a life of falsehoods,because that is what made other people comfortable.

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    1. We cannot live our life based on what other people need, else we shall become insane. ❤

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