Welcome to PTFTD, a (semi-)regular feature on my blog. Each (idealy daily) post I will raise a topic for consideration that may hopefully give you pause for some serious, or not-so-serious contemplation throughout your day/night/week/life.
It’s as much for my personal benefit as anyone else’s who may find it of interest, as we all try to figure out just what life is all about and what on Earth we are all doing here or to each other?
What is the extent and limit to our self-delusions?
Where (when?) does self-delusion End?
Each one of us gradually builds up our own concept of who we are and what we are, individually, and as we relate to others like us that we share our world with. Sometimes a single event can show us how fragile and or inaccurate that construct can be as it relates to the ‘real’ world that we only thought we knew, or was all that we knew, but was, in fact, not as we used to see it before that event – we just deluded ourselves into seeing it that way.
That is kind of what i am talking about with the term self- delusion.
A representation of things based upon what we have known from our very limited experience that we believed was ‘accurate’, but which did not take account of some very real ‘reality’.
Can we ever be free of that delusion and achieve total awareness of a greater reality than the one we have acquired or constructed?