Death, Freedom and Intersubjectivity
Updated: May 22
Intersubjectivity is the actual definition of what many refer to as “life” and “reality.” The interactions we have with others and our participation in society is what we refer to as “life” and “reality,” while being a recluse is normally portrayed as “escapism” and “death.”
Intersubjectivity, however, can also be referred to as “mental chains,” keeping you in line with conventional beliefs and paradigms; a tool society uses to shape your perception of life and reality, while discouraging you from believing in or creating other paradigms that do not go hand-in-hand with what society wants us to believe. These paradigms are often labeled as “weird,” “eccentric,” “mentally ill,” “retarded,” and so forth.
To be a recluse is to disconnect oneself from the mental chains that are intersubjectivity. It is to expose yourself to life and to reality that exist beyond the conventional definition of “life” and “reality.” When you are alone, you can discover new opportunities, both physically and abstractly, that you would otherwise not find if you were not extensively by yourself.
Once you accept the greater borders of life and reality, borders that exceed the conventional sphere that intersubjectivity creates and attempts to preserve, you also “die” a metaphorical death once you attend said borders in an extensive seclusion. Your self and your consciousness go beyond the conventional sphere of “life” and “reality,” and become wider and more skeptical.
By giving in to skepticism, as the philosophy of skepticism demands, your day-to-day experiences may become different than you had them previously.
You may realize that what is called “life” and “reality” are nothing more than similar neurological events happening in multiple brains — a definition that may well suit the term “intersubjectivity.”
When I say that these experiences may never be the same again, I mean that you may start to doubt the importance that society places on them and encourages individuals to place on them as well. What society refers to as “reality,” “life,” and “important” is nothing more than a common paradigm that we teach ourselves to adapt to, as a form of mental, connected socialization, so that the collective identity will be preserved.
Thus, when you succumb to skepticism and let it guide your every move, you become metaphorically “dead,” because the qualia of your experiences are harmed in the name of knowledge and philosophical inquisition.
This constant philosophizing of life has personally led me to choose asceticism and to partially live like a hermit. This is because I have come to realize that much of the emotional and intellectual benefits that society offers can be created self-sufficiently, with the power of the conscious mind. This insight has also made me severely question the common belief in financial materialism that many seem to follow.
Therefore, I have not only stopped my university studies, but I have also decided to have no ambition or plans whatsoever for my life that lies ahead. This is because I have realized that no ambition or achievement will make me happy and satisfied; only my conscious decision to generate thoughts that lead to happiness and satisfaction is the only decision that can lead me to be satisfied and happy.
Thus, much of life’s variety and opportunity are basically useless and unnecessary, because, as I have realized, thoughts are sufficiently enough for happiness and satisfaction. You do not need to be highly respected and well-known; you do not need to have a high-income job; you do not need a romantic partner or even have a family of your own. All you need to be happy and satisfied is to make your subconsciousness generate happiness and satisfaction, through your conscious mind.