You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other Amazon European sites
The philosophers of old struggled with the question of existence – how do I know that I really exist?
The modern-day speculative scientists seem to be coming to the same question, when they look at different measures of time and space, alternative dimensions, and a unified theory of everything.
And yet these speculations fall in the face of the human experience, where even to question our own existence seems far-fetched.
Is it not obvious that I am here – can I not feel my had touching the keyboard as I type, can I not feel the book as I hold it to read?
To think other than that we are clearly here – that we truly exist – can seem like the wildest of fantasy.
But even here it is worth remembering that perspective is everything.
To the lone hunter-gather in the deepest jungle, the existence of New York with its millions of people would seem ludicrous – how could such a number of people exist without access to the trees and rivers and wildlife that surround our huntsman?
Equally, to an inhabitant of uptown New York, the existence of people who are not surrounded by all the conveniences if modern life seems literally incredible.
Ones own existence we may not question: that others are really “other” – that they exist outside of our own consciousness of them – that seems to be the hardest thing for us to consider.
In that sense, things only seem to exist if we see that they do – if they in some way impinge on our own lives.
Ans whilst that may seem a narrow and insular view, it also shows something deep about the nature of human beings.
Because we are really only truly human when we are with other humans.
Alone, we do not really seem to exist – it takes the interaction of others for us to know what we think.
Together we can be sure of our place in the world – that we truly exist not just in our minds, but in the hearts of other people.
We know we exist because our existence is validated by those around us, just as we validate them.