I am a philosopher at heart. Some days I wake up with an idea or a concept and then observe my day with that idea in mind. Lately, I have noticed how much the people around me (friends, family, co-workers) are focused in fantasy and not on their “reality”. I have teenagers and young adults at home, and when they are not busy with their studies (which could be argued are NOT a reality) they are texting or gaming or drawing fan art or writing fanfiction or watching movies.
In each of those tasks, their brains are focused AWAY from reality. Not in it. At work my co-workers spend WAY too much time talking about “Dancing With The Stars” or “Atlanta Housewives” or the film they went to see. Others are far into fashion or their friends’ and associates’ private lives (but not their own). Is Reality so boring? Yes! Our brains are designed to imagine. That is what makes us human. The most wonderful things on the planet (aside from Nature) were imagined by Humans: Art, Architecture, Film, Dance, Music, and especially Literature.
You could argue that bad things are imagined by humans as well: Greed and Violence and the degradation of Nature, but that is for another post.
Is reality is defined as what more than one person agrees is happening…and un-real is what cannot be corroborated? Think about it. If you believe that cats are scary, then that fear is very real to you. As a cat-lover I cannot imagine that fear. I can’t sleep without at least one in my bed, but I have a co-worker who screams whenever she sees one.
You may say that some experience is subjective, and other experiences are objective. I would argue that is not the case, but then I have to bring metaphysics into it. I will do just that in another post.