There are many theories of what is real and even speculations that we live inside the Matrix. That is all fine, but why would we care? Isn’t everything real if we can touch it, see it or consume it?
Perhaps life is just a dream.
There are more important things in Life.
But what is certain is that there are no real definitions of what reality IS in any dictionary. Just synonyms that lead to the same vague description, metaphysical rebus.
Reality isn’t real. Only the things we understand are real.
What Are Stereotypes?
Stereotypes are a human construct. Manmade names for typical scenarios in our reality. Whether that would be a blond girl, a banker, a dancer or whatever way you perceive yourself. And usually, you take into an account others perception of yourself, your looks, situation, and titles. Or you don’t which is the end goal, to release yourself from fake labels and anchors. Instead, you can laugh at stereotypes and use them to role play and have fun.
“You are not what you think you are, you are what you think, I think you are.”
In other words, it is the perception of my perception of who you think I am in your eyes. I have those moments of shattered reality. However, you are not what you appear to other people. Rarely you are what you do, but a total of all your life experiences. Which is an in-depth talk, related to enlightenment for another time? Because when you view yourself as the person behind the desk doing your job, that stereotype can get under your skin. Otherwise, it won’t affect you, if you disconnect your self-image from what you are currently doing.
Reality is something undefined and too vast to close in gaps between a few words. Whatever it appears to be, it is everything we witness in our lives. From babies to grownups we get to understand more and more of how the world works. You slowly learn what you like, what your strengths and weaknesses are, your preferences and your role in society.
Language – the ultimate human technology that helped us create the modern world as we know it today.
Analogy – a comparison of two otherwise unlike things based on the resemblance of a particular aspect
Oxymoron – a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness)
Humor – the mental faculty of discovering, expressing, or appreciating the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous: the ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny
Metaphor – a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money)
Paradox – a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true
Synonyms – one of two or more words or expressions of the same language that have the same or nearly the same meaning in some or all senses
Idioms – an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either grammatically (such as no, it wasn’t me) or in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (such as ride herd on for “supervise”)
(I got those definitions from Mariam-Webster Dictionary)
Brand Names – Coca-Cola, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Apple and much more are established in some areas so much that serves as an example of something familiar. It could be a point of the meeting, a reference to something, a lot of things.
So What is Real?
All those tools we use to add to our understanding of reality. We use them to make our stories more appealing and engaging. It is just awesome to give them meaning to create an imaginative space which describes the story, the subjective experience we had to other people.
In that way, we can connect with others and to deeply bond based on our commonalities and understanding. All those tools don’t exist in reality but serve us great when we use them. No metaphors are hanging on a tree, trees don’t laugh but we might. It is just the tools for forming our reality. Our language or perhaps languages.
As a universal language Esperanto might be well established one day to serve us greater good. To form one community for all human beings. But frankly, it seems a long-shot for now.
Across all those fascinating tools there is something core to grasp. That even all our differences whether those would be cultural, physical, spiritual etc. We stand alike in the same human shape and living a conscious life. Which in turn incites different thoughts in us, yet we still can find a common sense to agree upon. Different nations have different common sense, then it gets deeper to a regional level, even to small urban communities and subcultures.
Common sense isn’t very common.
It is a matter of context. And we create the context with again all those tools I have listed above. That is what is most fascinating in life that we can share our thoughts and worldview with others who not necessarily share the same. Sometimes even to agree on terms, however different than those inherent to ours.
In a nutshell, all those tools – metaphors, oxymorons, analogies, humor, etc add up to our speech. Being shaped by all them we can construct our speech the way we want to be perceived. Thus understanding others better in a reality better understood.