Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Pure and Applied Pointlessness

They say reality is stranger than fiction, and that if you walked by a street and saw, heard, and felt what actually happens among the throng of people and cars, you would find just how strange. But this awareness of absolute reality is not possible, because we are blinded by inhibitions established even before, and inherited after, we were born. For example, your mum says that aliens don’t exist. When an alien spaceship comes hurtling down from the sky, you’d think it was Bitoy doing his thing. Or some goddamned parachute.

Reality is subjective. It is relative and uniquely perceived among individuals. But there is only one objective thing for me: me.

I alone exist. Can I prove anything else beyond that? For all I know, you are just a figment of my imagination, scraps of thought drifting, coagulating, in my sea of consciousness. No Morpheus will come crashing my party and shoving down my throat some little blue and red pills. But I’m not insane, yet. There was a short story about a guy who doubted the existence of everything, until he came along doubting his existence. The only thing he ended up believing in is nothing---nothingness, space, oblivion. He filched a space suit, opened up the airlock of his ship, and drifted in space forever.

And so. A hardcore solipsist is a pure and applied pointlessness. No god, no beginning, no goals, no end. Being the only real thing in this so-called universe has its low point, and it is the pointlessness of wanting or doing anything. The universe began when the solipsist thought of it, and it ends when…when? Death is never a problem.

7 Comments:

Anonymous baddie said...

"I alone exist."

Can you prove it? Can you prove your existence?

Yes, I'm picking a fight.

2:41 PM  
Blogger lizette said...

cogito ergo sum. i think, therefore i am.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous baddie said...

Yes, you think. You even believe you exist. But, again, how can you prove it? If thinking proves your existence, why?

5 extra points if you don't get pissed at baddie.

11:33 PM  
Blogger lizette said...

before anything else, let me tell you that i am not a hardcore solipsist. then what am i? in the process of accepting and discarding some of its propositions.

as to your question: first we remove the idea that 'i' is real. that requires a cognitive process. then we try to prove that 'i' is real. where could these cognitive processes have come from?

solipsism as a viewpoint is unfalsifiable, but only to me. i am real; i know so. beyond that i am not sure.

okay, when do i get my five points? XP

9:32 PM  
Anonymous baddie said...

After you give me another hug. Huzzah!

I'd like to bring to the discussion the Truth (with a capital T), but I don't have the brain cells right now to make any sense. I need beer.

1:13 PM  
Blogger lizette said...

the Truth. i'm interested in your idea of it. so go get that beer, and is that five points convertible to moolah?

8:12 PM  
Anonymous baddie said...

Nope. It's convertible to beer, though. Or a pack of cigs. LOLOLZ

9:37 AM  

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