There’s no such thing as objective truth. We make our own truth. There’s no such thing as objective reality. We make our own reality. There are spiritual, mystical, or inner ways of knowing that are superior to our ordinary ways of knowing. If an experience seems real, it is real. If an idea feels right to you, it is right. We are incapable of acquiring knowledge of the true nature of reality. Science itself is irrational or mystical. It’s just another faith or belief system or myth, with no more justification than any other. It doesn’t matter whether beliefs are true or not, as long as they’re meaningful to you.
a summary of New Age beliefs, from Theodore Schick, Jr. and Lewis Vaughn
How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age
(Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1995)
WTF!!! I usually try to post quotes I agree with, but there is a lot of crazy … stuff … out there. The mind is fully capable of fooling itself and experiencing things that are not real, i.e. hallucinations. If I’m on a long road trip and I’ve been driving too long, let’s say 20 hours, and I start seeing mermaids swimming in the road and I swerve to avoid them and crash my car. Can I honestly state that the experience which seemed real was real?
I had a friend drop acid in high school. The school band was playing and he could see blue music notes coming out of the conductors wand. I of course couldn’t. Were they really there? No. I had a co-worker that people just didn’t like, when told this, his response was, “Well, in my internal reality…” WTF!
While our perceptions of reality are different, the mind is capable of fooling itself. What is perceived is not always reality. Reality exists external to us and we have only our perceptions by which to interpret and interact with it. The last sentence I can almost agree with, I can’t agree with granting carte blanche to everything we think. “What’s the harm in crazy beliefs?” you might be saying. Well, Jonestown, Heaven’s Gate, and numerous other doomsday cults, think of the wealth of cataclysmic prophesies (remember the Mayan calendar), just to name a few. What if a loved one, or your child, fell for one of these and spent all their money trying to find a way to survive the coming catastrophe, or killed themselves to hitch a ride on an alien ship? Would you mock them the way you might mock a stranger? I think not.
Things can be meaningful to you, and that will influence you, but you cannot let them control you.