Appearance and reality are two different twins which anyone can distinguish. Is that so? Let's see:
Sun appears as one going around the earth and not vice versa. That’s appearance vs. reality of motion. You can add more similar examples if you wish.
And how about colors, as we see them: blue or red sky, elaborate patterns on wings of butterflies, thousands of blue to green and back to total black hues of the ocean, dark violets blooming in shadows and even these incredible dark violet eyes of my love - every color in this world is merely a play of reflection, absorption and even more subtle interference of light - nothing in this colored world is permanent or fixed. Take the incident light away and beautiful wings of a butterfly appear as nothing but a layered cake of colorless scales. Change the frequency of incoming light, or just put a color filter on its way and see what will happen. Colors are the illusion.
The appearance comes through our vision, but if such fundamental sense, as vision, is duped, what should we expect from even more subjective senses of taste, touch, smell, and sound? And if our senses are so dependent upon illusions what should we expect from our feelings, which are built upon these senses? Haven’t you felt hot in some place and asked yourself - what is it? Is this place so hot or I just have a fever? (You can add here more examples from your own experience.)
And when our senses and feelings are so much flawed and based on a fickle, vacillating nature of our environment or Worse, on illusions, what should we expect from our basic sense of time: Some time we feel it galloping like a wild horse other time it is crawling like a slimy slug, yet it is the same illusive time, which even now is not understood. And while we learned how to time, we will never tame it. Time passes by, deceiving us with yet another illusion we’ll have enough time. There is never enough time, at least for everything that makes us content with our lives.
And space? What is space without time? We measure space with time, and hence, see above. And finally:
Sometimes, or rather, often, it looks like there is no God. If success comes, we go “I did it!” If tragedy strikes, we go “How he allowed this to happen?” It is always you, them, or even it. Yet, this is just another illusion. And it is bad, for out of all our mistakes and errors, this one will be the most costly. Instead, perhaps it will be prudent to take God on faith and live with that faith until you’ll find it is true through and through. One day we all will face the reality while all illusions will be left behind.
World of Illusion, Christian Faith, and Prayers
COGNITIVE ECHO OR SYNCHRONICITY
This masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci emerged before my mind’s eye and then just ran me into a corner (figuratively speaking). So I was sitting in the corner of the dorm and cudgeling my head trying to recall the name of the painting. It wasn’t the “young lady” part I was after, but that little beast on her lap. What was the name of it?
COGNITIVE ECHO II OR HUMMINGBIRD
This event had happened just two days ago: H. came to me and asked if I have any photos of hummingbirds. He needed it for a painting which he was commissioned to do and he wanted to see a photo for the right colors. I’ve looked through the high-resolution cache I have, but the nearest bird I could find was bird of paradise. He took it as a sub, but it was not what he needed and we both knew it.