The One Assumption About Our Reality
Post from December 31, 2014 (↻ June 8, 2021), filed under Philosophy.
We’re bringing 2014 to an end, and just as with 2013 I like to close with something constructive, something encouraging. That is even more important to me for 2015 will mark the outward transition of my careers, in which I will focus more on political and, if you wish, philosophical activism.
Now, the idea that I want to anchor here is the assumption that we do live many lives. We do, indeed, get reincarnated.
How could I know? I haven’t so far discussed the concepts of belief and trust, and the neglected complement, idea and faith, so I need to use two other indications.
One is, that we all know. Intuitively. Science may have this all backwards for it can only serve us in physical, not spiritual reality (more thoughts on this later, too), so it would revolt now, but there is literally no chance we are a “coincidence.” That you and I and our whole reality is a big bang accident is offensive and destructive to the whole magic of it all. It’s offensive and destructive to us. We are no chance products.
Two is more practical, for our dreams. Here, too, science likes to negate and put down something it can, by its own limitations, not understand, but our dreams do give us glimpses at our other lives (though they may reflect, distortingly, lives in non-physical realities, too). When I wrote about dream journaling I shared some more ideas and pointers, for some plausible (more so than what science suggests) theories come from the Seth school of thought.
We do live many lives. The one assumption we need to make for we may never find proof, and may ever only have faith in it.
While I give you something very basic here, something some of you may already believe in, and others of you may reject regardless, the implications are important. They are important for in philosophical, existential studies, a number of problems can only be sufficiently explained when this one assumption is made. Just take two of them: purpose, and connection to others (who may hurt us, badly—and yet we’re not looking at a vote for the “just world” hypothesis).
I’ll leave it at this, for we don’t have much time left this year. I extend the best wishes.
I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead—currently manager for Developer Experience at LivePerson—and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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