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What is Your "Reality"? What is "Reality"?
January 22, 2007
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Copied below from another thread...

To explore the concept of one's reality. It is so easy to toss it off, but bottom line I think it all creates a chain reaction.

Our realities are based on many factors, and they are easily imposed on others, sometimes without consideration or thought.

What is your reality? Have you ever thought about it?

Webster defines Reality in the following:

1. the state or quality of being real.
2. resemblance to what is real.
3. a real thing or fact.
4. real things, facts, or events taken as a whole; state of affairs: the reality of the business world; vacationing to escape reality.
5. Philosophy. a. something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
b. something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.

6. something that is real.
7. something that constitutes a real or actual thing, as distinguished from something that is merely apparent.
—Idiom8. in reality, in fact or truth; actually: brave in appearance, but in reality a coward.

noun
1. all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you; "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were" [syn: world]
2. the state of being actual or real; "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him" [ant: irreality]
3. the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be; "businessmen have to face harsh realities"
4. the quality possessed by something that is real [ant: unreality]

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American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary - Cite This Source
re·al·i·ty (r-l-t)
n.

The quality or state of being actual or true.
The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
That which exists objectively and in fact.

To me, even Webster doesn't even define it.

Weird question I know...and maybe frivolous, but thought it would be interesting to toss it around.

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22-Jan-07

I was kind of thinking more like, we tend to think everyone's world is at times like our own. SO then we make our reality someone else's reality, when it isn't. And the reason we may do this is because to do anything else would remove us from our 'comfort zone'...because our comfort zone is our reality.

To me it is actually a very deep concept, worth exploring. In a sense we are our own little gods.

soprano2
22-Jan-07

Very interesting concept. Definitely worth exploring. Start a new thread with it, and see what other people think maybe.

January 22, 2007
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Definately not a frivolous question.
"in a sense we are our own little gods." this is so very very true to me. As much as we hate to own up to it. I think we all more or less think the universe revolve around us.

Is my reality the truth? or is someone else's the truth? Is truth reality? is reality truth?

January 22, 2007
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We create our own world. At some point there has to be 'order' to that world. We elect politicans whom we believe can create order or 'restore' order. We choose partners based upon our likes and dislikes. All of our choices are based on what we like or don't like. Doesn't that make us a basically selfish society of people? Talking about bottom line only. And if someone makes us unhappy then we can't cope. We seem to be a society based on what we want, when we want it. Not really a new concept at all of course, but it all boils down to our own reality. No wonder there are wars, etc.!

Where is the order?

January 24, 2007
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There is something I saw on the Encore channel not too long ago entitled: "What the Bleep do we know?"

You may want to check it out as it addresses the question you posed.

January 24, 2007
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I know what my reality is. But it sure seems to be a concept that plagues many people. Everyone seems to be searching for something to fill a void. So I thought I would start a thread. It's ok, I'm done. I probably should be more careful. Because even though I test my thoughts, I know where my foundation lies.

January 31, 2007
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My reality is that Im slill here just sitting back looking out the window wishing that my life were different. I know what I have to do but what is the first step, a lawyer? The police? I dont know where or how to start. I am so afraid of change that I choose to not do anything. Maybe tomorrow will be better? I know that may be true but what about the next day-next week-next month. I wish I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. All of the what ifs keep me here. All of his horrable comments that cause my low sence of myself which Makes me question my abilities to be able to take care of my self and children without him. I already do this now-except for finances. Iam afraid that our lives may be financially harder without him. That is the underlying factor, this is how he empowers himself. I have permitted him to have this empowerment but I want it to change.

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