Reflections of the Real

“We have become victims of our own art.

We touch people on the outsides of their bodies,

and they us, but we cannot get to their insides

and cannot reveal our insides to them.

This is one of the great tragedies of our interiority-it

is utterly personal and unrevealable.”

Ernest Becker


Solitary confinement is among the worst punishments human beings inflict on one another. Social isolation has profound negative effects on health, from reduced lifespan in the fruit fly, Drosophilamelanogaster, to decreased anti-inflammatory responses and survival rates in mice following induced stroke (Cacioppo & Hawkley, 2009). Feelings of loneliness might have evolved as a signal to human beings that their social connections are in need of repair (Cacioppo & Patrick, 2008). University students, particularly in their first year, are especially susceptible to feelings of loneliness (Cutrona, 1982

Loneliness is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connectedness or communality with other beings, both in the present and extending into the future. As such, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people. The causes of loneliness are varied and include social, mental or emotional factors.

Research has shown that loneliness is widely prevalent throughout society among people in marriages, relationships, families and successful careers. It has been a long explored theme in the literature of human beings since classical antiquity. Loneliness has also been described as social pain — a psychological mechanism meant to alert an individual of isolation and motivate him/her to seek social connections.

The existentialist school of thought views loneliness as the essence of being human. Each human being comes into the world alone, travels through life as a separate person, and ultimately dies alone. Coping with this, accepting it, and learning how to direct our own lives with some degree of grace and satisfaction is the human condition.

Some philosophers, such as Sartre, believe in an epistemic loneliness in which loneliness is a fundamental part of the human condition because of the paradox between the desire of man’s/person’s consciousness to have meaning in life conflicting with the isolation and nothingness of the universe. Conversely, other existentialist thinkers argue that human beings might be said to actively engage each other and the universe as they communicate and create, and loneliness is merely the feeling of being cut off from this process.

Waiting for the dawn (2)


The Death of meaning

We have reach a historical moment in time were through our values, and beliefs we have reached a end to meaning. The current era has seen radical changes in both formal and popular conceptions of human nature. The knowledge disclosed by modern science has effectively rewritten the relationship of humankind to the natural world. Advances in medicine and technology have freed humans from significant limitations and ailments of previous eras, and philosophy particularly following the linguistic turn, has altered how the relationships people have with themselves and each other are conceived. Questions about the meaning of life have also seen radical changes, from attempts to reevaluate human existence in biological and scientific terms as in pragmatism and logical positivism to efforts to meta-theorize about meaning-making as a personal, individual-driven activity (existentialism, secular humanism).

These various movements often lead to the notion that language ‘constitutes’ reality, a position contrary to intuition and to most of the Western tradition of philosophy. The traditional view (what Derrida called the ‘metaphysical’ core of Western thought) saw words as functioning like labels attached to concepts. According to this view, there is something like ‘the real chair’, which exists in some external reality and corresponds roughly with a concept in human thought, chair, to which the linguistic word “chair” refers. However, the founder of structuralism, Ferdinand de Saussure, held that definitions of concepts cannot exist independently from a linguistic system defined by difference, or, to put it differently, that a concept of something cannot exist without being named. Thus differences between meanings structure our perception; there is no real chair except insofar as we are manipulating symbolic systems. We would not even be able to recognize a chair as a chair without simultaneously recognizing that a chair is not everything else – in other words a chair is defined as being a specific collection of characteristics which are themselves defined in certain ways, and so on, and all of this within the symbolic system of language. Thus, everything we think of as reality is really a convention of naming and characterizing, a convention which is itself called language. Indeed, anything outside of language is by definition inconceivable (having no name and no meaning) and therefore cannot intrude upon or enter into human reality, at least not without immediately being seized and articulated by language. Of course there are those who oppose this view.

Scientific Realism

Scientific Realism is, at the most general level, the view that the world described by science is the real world, as it is, independent of what we might take it to be. Within philosophy of science, it is often framed as an answer to the question “how is the success of science to be explained?” The debate over what the success of science involves centers primarily on the status of unobservable entities apparently talked about by scientific theories. Generally, those who are scientific realists assert that one can make reliable claims about unobservable (viz., that they have the same ontological status) as observables. Analytical philosophers generally have a commitment to scientific realism, in the sense of regarding the scientific method as a reliable guide to the nature of reality. The main alternative to scientific realism is instrumentalism.

Man facing Future

My Views on the Matter

We are suffering a crisis of values we dethroned God and kicked him out of our lives embracing materialism, and when Thomas Reid said:

“If there are certain principles, as I think there are, which the constitution of our nature leads us to believe, and which we are under a necessity to take for granted in the common concerns of life, without being able to give a reason for them–these are what we call the principles of common sense; and what is manifestly contrary to them, is what we call absurd.”

We have taken the path of supposed common sense to the bitter end, where there is no longer meaning to life, and existence, is just is, and you got to take it and swallow it even if it choke you to death with the lack of meaning!

We can’t pretend to go on living without meaning ignoring totally that we are subjective beings even before we realize we have legs to walk, hands to grasp, and eyes to see. Giving no reason for existence kills the spirit, and killing the spirit we kill ourselves of what it’s more precious; an inner life that bring peace, and joy to our subjective being.


Denying spirit it’s denying our souls, denying our souls it’s to be participants of a dehumanizing society were the bottom line it’s not consciousness. but a philistine society were money and selfishness is the rule not the exception, by the simple fact of a life lived with a lack of meaning, where there is nothing sacred, and therefore everything it’s for sale, we exchange our wellbeing and future generation’s as well for some instant gratification, be this monetary like the selling of our ecosystems,  weather, you can buy anything if you have the money and willingness like individuals, corporations, and governments, and countries if this will increase your wealth!

By no means I advocate a religious  complaisant, and complicit  bigotry who with a vision of a sure Apocalypses they cross their arms and do nothing waiting for this to happen, but for a real activism of moral value, this is what Paul named to live in the flesh:

For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.


The business of living it’s not n easy one, but I believe as a human being, even if subjectively alone, we are burdened with consciousness, and therefore with moral choices, and responsibility, do not be of those who docilely participate in the senseless destruction, and corruption of the world by being a passive conformist, or permissive with a who gives a damn attitude  of: If it does not affect me personally, why should I care? The world it’s what we want to make out of it, so do not be a zombie, take action, stop being an obedient follower, and consumer of all that junk they sell you, materially and morally, this may be a product that will damage our environment, our health, or our an idea like mindless entertainment that keep you distracted of what really it is important, and would corrupt our souls, and make out of us part of the living dead.

I do not believe, I know that our current cultish obsession, with vampires, zombies, apocalyptic scenarios, in our novels, media, and cinema it’s part of our subjective, and subliminal spirit warning us of what we are becoming as a society in general, so be one of the awaken ones, rather than a living death.


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  1. hipmonkey says:

    I remain optimistic, especially after listening to Tom Campbell’s Big T.O.E. (Theory Of Everything) on youtube. It may take 10-20-50 years, but the purpose of reality and consciousness is to evolve toward Love, it can’t not evolve. I think it’s the nature of Consciousness. Though it may not happen in my life in this present body, We exist eternally and we’ll not miss it. 🙂

  2. sherazade says:

    thank you so much for viting me.
    My English is not so good but I read quite well and appreciated your words here.


  3. This was quite a good read. I believe life will of necessity evolve toward light, love and peace. Hugs, Barbara

  4. annetbell says:

    LOL. . I welcome you to my totally unacademic blog! I try to always be positive and I hope you will enjoy India. Have you had traveling opportunities ? Professor says academics don ‘t get rich but there are other perks !
    Big Smiles . . . . . Anne

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you, I did some traveling in my youth days, and I may do it again when I retire, if it is possible, yes a life, of joy and satisfaction has just a little to do with money, the rest it’s the proper attitude. 🙂

  5. afsheenanjum says:

    Hello 🙂

    Hope you are doing fine. This post is quite interesting , a good piece to read. Keep up the good work.
    I also want to thanks you , to follow my blog and liking it. I will appreciate your future visits to my blog , your opinions on my thoughts will improve it.

    May Allah bless you . ameen

    • theburningheart says:

      I try to reply to every comment, but as you may know, sometimes we miss one by chance, not willfully, I apologize for it, we appreciate your comment.
      And above, we appreciate your wonderful blessing,

      Allah may bless you as well!💖

  6. “We can’t pretend to go on living without meaning…”

    A far too large group of today’s youth live precisely this way of at least with a very vapid sense of meaning based on texting, movies and designer clothing. One fellow teacher asked all six classes of his 9th graders to identify the body of water here in Miami, Florida just a dozen miles east of the school and not a single one named the Atlantic Ocean. Most had no answer and a few had wrong guess.

  7. theburningheart says:

    Thank you for your comment! 🙂

  8. Even though we cannot get into inside of others and vice versa, I believe we can also understand what that person feels through knowing their personality and talking with them…Nowadays, people tend to understand people through their appearance, but they are deceived for their outside appearance look good does not always mean their inside is a beautiful soul that is kind, gentle and loving.

  9. It seems to me that the only reason for living is to experience living. I just don’t believe in a higher purpose or a higher anything. We are here…then we are not. What we do in-between should be fun and when things we don’t want to happen, happen…we deal with it and decide what to do from then on. Choices…it’s all about personal choices. I think we make too big a deal out of being alive ( I know that sounds silly) because anyone can do it and we, as a species, like to think we are special. I don’t think we are. We are just destructive. We aren’t all that big of a deal and if we simply embraced that fact and didn’t have such huge egos, we might all be better off. It’s just life according to a DNA pattern…everything has one…we are pretty close to the same genes as a banana, actually. Life isn’t a miracle, it’s what can exist right here, right now, according to what is available. That’s all it ever is. More oxygen, we get bigger, more of a different gas and we die…simple. We are here because we fit into what’s available. Change anything and we could be gone in a second…just like that:) No biggie. It’s okay with me…I get it. I’m an organism, a species, just like all the rest.

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you for taking the trouble to comment.

      But of course it’s all about choices, your choice to believe there is no meaning to life, it’s a choice, based on your personal beliefs, as to why you believe we will be better that way reflect your subjective conclusions to a question philosophers through the ages, and now scientist ponder, I am afraid choosing an answer predispose you to believe in that answer. An answer we all not may share, since there is people who do prefer meaning, over no meaning…

  10. I particularly love this thought: “Thus, everything we think of as reality is really a convention of naming and characterizing, a convention which is itself called language.”

    This was a very good post–lots to digest here, and some interesting comments as well. I’m a recovering addict, (going on 8yrs sober) and have had the “higher power” concept stuffed down my throat too often. Although the concept seems to help many addicts get clean (and stay that way) I personally, don’t subscribe to it. I KNOW I’m sober today because i CHOOSE to be.

    I’m not sure there IS an afterlife/higher power. For the record, i was raised Catholic but gradually drifted away from all forms of organized religion as i’ve gotten older.

    Again, thanks for this thought provoking post, and for leaving a “like” on my blog! I look forward to following you! 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you for your comment, remember the right Religion it’s your own Religion, that means whatever your own experience led you to believe, or not. 🙂

  11. FullEmpty says:

    Thank you for an immensely thought-provoking and insightful blog.

  12. Psalm 2 predicts that the rulers will make war on God… the lines are being drawn – I can share about it more so; I do my best to inspire those that are not hard of heart yet mostly though… in visions I do see His triumph and the great joy of Heaven. In my heart also, He writes that love is all that is real… those that harden their heart are not real anymore as I see what I see of it.

    Blessing loved one
    ~ Eric

  13. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “The gift to a believer is death,”

    Good night & Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  14. So, even without being able to put feelings into words, we can take actions and show in them in this way. Very best regards and I really apprecitate your deep thoughts.:)

  15. Neitzsche saw this coming and warned us but as usual few listened. Thanks for an excellent post.

  16. You could say that majority of people are passive conformists. Basically, each one of us lives in our own reality and we mostly get what we believe in. However, we might get consumed by overall consumerism which literary ignores the individual and forces us to become global. That is the trend.

  17. theburningheart says:

    The reason they call congregations the flock.
    Thank you Inese, for your comment. 🙂

  18. I understand the perspective of the comment here by “hitandrun1964”. But somehow, I’ve avoided the same conclusion. I see the “universe” as we perceive it to be just that, the construct of “mind” as an emergent sum of the order maintained by a brain. Whether or not our perceptions of existing as something separate are accurate, I can’t say for certain. But I suspect that it’s not accurate, and that “experience” is really just a more efficient way of defining a large collection of informationally complex interactions. So I agree that it’s most likely the case that, “We are here…then we are not.” So I do agree that what’s important is life itself, and not what becomes of it.

    However, I do think life has value, even if it’s just the value that we assign to it. Whether or not the universe or some higher power cares is irrelevant. We care, because we experience suffering or joy while we live. So by reducing the suffering of both ourselves and that of others, we add to the value of life.

    From this perspective, “loneliness” is an experience that arises in our minds as a function of brain organization. And I’d argue that our brains are “wired” through natural selection such that the fundamental motivators (what we perceive as “suffering”) are those things that help the species to survive over the long term. I’ve long felt that the three instinctive motivators which are fundamental to human behavior are “fear”, “loneliness”, and “boredom”, and their avoidance. Fear keeps us alive, and loneliness keeps us working together to stay alive and to carry on.

    Boredom, however, assures that the investment of resource in a complex brain isn’t wasted in those moments when it’s not fully utilized in addressing the former. Even “bored” animals will play or entertain themselves in ways that keep their skills or abilities sharp. So perhaps that “…obsession, with vampires, zombies, apocalyptic scenarios,” is little more than unchallenged (and/or undisciplined) minds wandering into the territories of fear and loneliness. We imagine suffering, even when it doesn’t exist, in order to have something upon which to instinctively hone our claws.

  19. theburningheart says:

    Existence it’s such a mystery, that great philosophical thought, and many Religions had sprout out of it, and continues to flow incessantly, within all of us, each arriving at different answers, according to our experiences, and attitudes, we talk about moods, happiness, unhappiness, acceptance, denial, we are constantly polarized, and can oscillate from one thing to another one.
    Since a small child I pondered the meaning of life, and has being a long route shared by many before us.
    Along the way, you discover, and read about people who live, in other places, and at different times, and they all have something to say.
    Even so named primitive societies, with their Shamanistic belief in a World beyond the senses, and not only that, they found a way to operate within them, of course skeptics, call those mind constructs, and they are right, Hindus thousand of years ago, said:
    “Wherever you put your mind to, there you go.”
    The subjective, its no less real, just because it cannot objectively be conjured, we only can experience it within ourselves, and each of us it has a different way for it, therefore this Babel tower between peoples of different beliefs.
    Personally I hold the view, we all make our own Reality prevail, whatever we choose to be, we have the power of creating it according to our views, the Alam Al Khayal, of the Sufi, the World of Imagination.
    But I confess I have to re-read what I wrote, before answering you, after all I wrote that almost seven years ago, according to Heraclitus a myriad of rivers have gone through, since.

    Thank you for your input, its appreciated, as always. 🙂

    • “Wherever you put your mind to, there you go.” Indeed! Though despite my own tendency toward skepticism and the reductionist, someone once commented that I am “Shinto” because I believe in what I feel. And yet, my own awesome ignorance of how such momentary experience should even “exist” amounts to an admission of some magnificent unknown. And while I suspect we can’t even conceive of the appropriate question to ask, that is in itself an admission of something profound.

      Even the physicist, Max Planck said, “Modern Physics impresses us particularly with the truth of the old doctrine which teaches that there are realities existing apart from our sense perceptions…” But he continued, “…and that there are problems and conflicts where these realities are of greater value for us than the richest treasures of experience.“

      So I sometimes wonder if the answer is staring us right in the face, so to speak… Shaman, Hindu, Sufi, Christian, Buddhist, even the abject Atheist… the one thing we all undeniably share in is the incredible mystery of this momentary experience!

      • theburningheart says:

        Yes, we all live our own experience, and in essence that become our reality, regardless of other views.
        We sort of live in a malleable Universe of our own creation.
        Thank you for your interesting comment. 🙂

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