Isolation

This post is a sort of a follow-up on Deron Molen’s post about which of the worlds is real, our world or Wonderland.

But what is real anyway. If we question which world is real, shouldn’t we first define real?

What is real really? Is what we perceive what everyone else perceives? How do we know that what is “green” to me is “green” to you? If I feel pain, do you feel the same or is it different?

As Friedrich Nietzsche says,

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

What if there are no facts? Alice has little enough when she falls down the hole. All she can really rely upon is gravity, and even that may give out any second. So where do we go from here? While Descartes’ argument seems applicable here, it is actually not. We are not actually doubting the existence of the world, but the unified perception of it.

What if we were not only unsure of whether we are, but also what we are made believe? And, once more, the question arises, does it matter? Yes, according to Socrates an non-investigated life is a wasted life, but how does this actually change our sight of things? We would be isolated, with no common ground. Every man/woman would truly be an island. No unity, ever, no community. It would be as if we were a different animal, each and every one. Individualism should be a philosophical concept, not a reality.

But how would we develop as individuals.

As Friedrich Nietzsche says,

“Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

So what if we, as social animals, are our own downfall? Alice, while in Wonderland, talks to everyone she sees, but never actually forms a group. She remains sane, but all the characters around her are parts of groups, and they are undoubtedly insane. How would humans develop as solitary beings, or beings that have no permanent ties?

Humanity has always formed groups. Nations, religions, tribes all came from the apparent need of humans to form groups. But what if we never had, had stayed lone hunters forever? How different would society look, feel, if there were no ties, no friendship? Different definitely, but would it be for the worse? Isolation tends to bring the most out of many people, tends to bring out their full potential, and yet it cracks them in other ways. What would happen?

2 Responses to “Isolation”

  1. Its true that humanity has indeed always formed groups, as you point out for example, countries, nations, and tribes, and its interesting to see how you look at humanities social tendencies as a possible negative aspect of our existence. This brought me to think how you could also delve deeper into how these very countries and groups seemingly isolate from each other as well. After forming a group, lets say a tribe for example, that tribe in particular will not share its territories with other tribes, isolating itself from them. However this isolation is beneficial as it allows for trade which the tribe will need to survive. This is a case in which the isolation created between non isolated groups is a good thing. However in some cases, they go farther than isolation and initiate negative contact such as war or invasion. Maybe if the groups weren’t isolated and they had more thorough knowledge of the others existence, war wouldn’t occur, showing how isolation between countries is possibly a bad thing and how lots of contact is necessary between countries, tribes, etc.

    To respond to your thoughts about our social tendencies being our own downfall, I would have to say that idea is somewhat of a stretch because society has for the most part succeeded for the last few centuries so I find it difficult to find any hint at this alleged downfall.

  2. First of all, your title intrigued me to read this post. As I kept reading your comments to Deron’s blog, I saw all of the connections, unlike some who just create random titles to make you read their posts. You pose many complex questions that we may truly never know. The question “What is real?” has a lot incommon with “How do you difine moral?”. It all depends on the person one talks to, so really these questions are all oppinion.
    Is Alice sane throughout her journey through Wonderland? The Mad Hatter did point out that she must be mad, or she wouldn’t have come here. She even starts to forget memories and common sence facts, like mustard being a vegetable. Perhaps as Alice starts losing her sanity, the character she meets reflect her state of mind.
    I think you would find Vivian’ Deeper into the Anomaly in of interest. http://aliceproject12.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/deeper-into-the-anomaly/
    Feel free to check out more of our blogs on http://aliceproject12.wordpress.com/
    I can’t wait to read more of your blogs.

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