A powerful intuition seized me today, that might help to resolve some of the reality versus illusion posts I have made, and some of the issues in them.
It was that there must be a firm duality, a difference, nearly a Cartesian one, between the world of sensory experience and some kind of emotional or spiritual world.
For example, if I am home with my wife, I can watch a program on my laptop– presumably for as long as I like. That does not eliminate my awareness of, or the reality of, my wife’s presence. It does not cancel out the significance of our relationship.
Humanity may indeed be heading down a proverbial rabbit hole. With virtual reality imminent, I think it is essential to grab hold of something real. That is a kind of interior reality, where relationships, love and faith exist.
We have to hold tight to the yarn that we let loose as we walked into the labyrinth.
I would go so far as to suggest that, insofar as a person is able to grasp this duality, this division between the sensory and the internal or spiritual, that dictates the individual’s ability to lead a sane and worthwhile existence.
Note that I am not trying to moralize away the world of the senses– only to suggest, to remind, perhaps myself if no one else, that sensory experiences will forever be apart from the worlds of the heart and soul.