The Weekly Theoretical: “The Outer World”
Have you ever felt like the world outside your skin is different than that which is under the epidermis? Do you ever close your eyes to escape your troubles, your stresses, your fears? Do you ever wish you could just break free…from the shrink-wrapped bones and tissue the enslave you?
Well, you already have! And you will continue to, time and time again.
Imagine the brain as a yolk inside an eggshell; begging to escape with no means but will. It wants to ‘experience’ the “outside world”; it wants to break free! The only problem is that there is nothing out there; or maybe there is. Our brains being as highly developed as they are, the most advanced systems in the face of knowledge, have one goal in mind. We call it evolution; our brains see it as freedom (Note I say brain, not mind).
Over time, the insatiable desire of the brain, which I will call a species of its own, grows through its appetite and imagination. It creates chemically structured biological systems that allow the brain to gain a sense of escaping, a sense of breaking free. The world around is perceived twice, if that world truly exists that is (if not, it isn’t perceived at all, we’re just sold in the idea). Once through the unbiased sensor enhanced extensions that “pick up” info (nervous system, muscles, etc…) and once again by our brains that do with that information as they please. As these same extensions compile various sorts of constantly fluctuating real-time information, our brains further evolve and out stems our consciousness. Now consciousness seems to be a mystery, but it is merely a collection of information put into logical sense only a “trapped” brain could assimilate.
If any of this sounds crazy to you, think about this: We are born, escaping from the womb, hopefully intact and alive. Afterwards we only gain “wisdom” through “experience”, or in other words we obtain a logical sense of the way things work, tangible or not.
Many of us have also constructed our own concepts of escaping this eternal life. Some call it Heaven, some call it Hell, and some just call it the Afterlife. Religion is our scapegoat many a times. It saves us, cures us, gives us hope when there is none, but most importantly it explains everything that makes no sense. Ironically enough, religion explains the world’s greatest mysteries, but we can’t or aren’t supposed to understand religion (“greater beings”, more on this later).
Only the selfish and ignorant nature of human kind could develop such a glimmer of hope. So I really doubt there’s much to be seen post-life, but it goes to show you how we’re always trying to find something more, trying to escape. Our attempts to advance too quickly will leave us in an infinite state of mystery, always leaving unanswered questions behind us. Like our brains, evolving to senses before they could comprehend how to correctly interact with the world (hence our basic instinctual and genetic flaws), we too are ready to leave before we even get really dirty with reasoning. That itchy, burning desire for more through our inabilities to never be satisfied will push us to the end.
What even makes us assume our consciousness, clearly the definitive form of evolution, is ours?
What if our brain and bodies in the physical sense are ours, but the mind, the consciousness which apparently gives us life is an alien form? The entire time we feel like everything is outside, there is so much to see out there; wherever out there is. Aliens exist and they’re coming straight from the core of our consciousness. Okay, maybe not really, but in terms of the unknown anything is possible. It makes a great deal of sense anyway. Religion, once again, came from inside. A manifestation of hope, selfish desire, and answers developed into words as only humans can do. So maybe the answers to so many of life’s mysteries lay in the depths of the mind and not in this proclaimed outer world. Truthfully, can anyone even prove the outer world, anything outside of the human body, actually exists? This answer may seem to be completely obvious, but take into account the distortion of perception from person to person. We assume things are real because so many people have witnessed the same thing; so then if a group of people perceive the same object completely differently, does that make that thing unreal?
So to recap: our brains evloved only to break free from the constraints of itself, developing it’s “limbs” (aka nervous system, organs, muscles, etc…) and creating our perceptions to gain a sense of experiencing something” outside” the embodyment of ourselves; maybe even creating the world to further this feeling!
Only in theory.