What we call reality is always a subjective notion

June 16th 2018
What we call ‘reality’ corresponds to the level of consciousness we have attained, which gives us a certain perception of people and things. You might say that when we speak of reality, we mean something objective, something external to ourselves, on which everyone can agree. In appearance, yes, but only in appearance, because objective reality, whatever it may be, must necessarily pass through our subjectivity in order to be touched, felt, and known by us. We can never totally be cold, unfeeling mirrors of reality. However great our desire for objectivity, we shape reality; we always add to it or subtract something from it. Subjectivity always has the upper hand. Put several painters in front of the same landscape: their pictures will be completely different, for certain psychic factors prevent them from seeing the same thing. So, when we talk about ‘reality’, we are often speaking only of ourselves.