Reality. The stuff, the world; that which we live in. Right?
Is it perhaps what I make of the world I live in? Am I shaped by reality? Or do I shape my reality?
What do I bring, to the experience I have of the world? My world, rather than The world?
How do I warp the reality into my reality just by having myself be the filter that everything I take in, gets filtered through?
I don’t know precisely what my filter adds to reality as I perceive it. I don’t need to. But knowing That my filter adds to reality, as I know it, is crucial. Understanding this, means I know that no other person on earth can have the exact same experience of the world as I have. No one. Everyone has their own unique filter, through which we take in that which we live in.
So the next time you and a friend talk about a shared experience, and you cannot understand how your friend says X happened, even though you know for a fact it was Y. This is the reason. You both took in the facts of the situation through your personal filter. It’s a bit like applying a filter on a photograph in Instagram. The starting point is the same, but the result can be just about anything, an endless diversity.
Given that – what is reality, really?
First published on my blog on October 20th, 2016: https://helenaroth.com/what-is-reality/
Audio production: Caspian Almerud
Photography: Anders Roos http://www.andersroos.nu/
Soundtrack: Olof Jennfors Ljudtjänst http://jennforsljud.se/