Who is a Realist?
A realist is a person who is objective, someone who stays in touch with the facts and guides his thoughts with a curiosity for truth.
A realist focuses on reality and uses logic to come to conclusions.
He tries his best to gather all the evidence possible and is willing to change his mind in light of new and contrary evidence.
In short, a realist is a rational person.
Now you might be thinking, are humans not rational? Well, we all like to believe that we are rational and logical in our approach.
The truth, however, is that most people are not rational.
Forces that are deep-rooted in their psyche compel them to act in irrational ways.
In this blog, we will look at those forces as well as learn how we can practice objectivity in our approach so that we can eventually be a realist.
Continue reading “How to be a Realist. 8 steps to practice Realism.”
Perceptions vs Reality
Perception and reality are simple words that everyone understands and yet most people have never thought about what the implications of their differences can be.
Reality is always far from our grasp and people who think they know for certain what reality is are often ignorant of it.
In the Upanishads, (ancient texts of Hinduism), there is a quote that goes like this-
“yasyamatam tasya matam matam yasya na veda sah; avijnatam vijanatam vijnatam avijanatam.”– Kena Upnishad
It translates in English as ‘those who think they understand the nature of reality do not actually understand it, and those who know that they do not understand it, actually do.’
We think we know what reality is. It is everything that is around us.
The chair we are sitting on the phone we are reading this on. That is all real, is it not?
Yes and no. When we experience the world, what we perceive is called our perception.
Now, this perception is the closest thing to reality our senses can perceive but it is not reality itself.
In this post we will explore the difference between perception and reality.
Continue reading “Perception and Reality. Why is it important to doubt our perceptions?”