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The Two Types of Illusions

Updated: Mar 6


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We all have two main categories of facades: those that we reject from our sense of authenticity, and those that we accept as part of us and are convinced that they are the defining lines of our authenticity.


There is no identity of self, just as there is no identity of society, in the world beyond the mind. Only energy, matter, and motion exist in the reality beyond our mental visions. Our sense of identity, like our sense of collectivity and union with others, is an illusion. However, it is our own conscious decision to see some illusions as part of the illusory integrated core that we define as "self," while we reject other illusions from this illusory puzzle.


The subconscious mind and the body believe everything they receive, all external and internal data that they encounter. The only part of us that is able to judge and be skeptical is our awareness, and its ability to create and comprehend logic, which in turn can be used to sufficiently govern the rest of the unaware, unquestioning components of our being, physical and illusory/mental.

Every possibility between the two sides of the self can be true, just as they can be false. It is also possible that one can be false and the other true, and vice versa. Illusions are mere toys that we either identify as others and ourselves, or reject.


What everybody sees externally of a person is their physical being, but not only their physical body. They also see whatever illusions they align with that person, which includes everything social and mental from stereotypes to social status and to whatever personal opinion they have towards them.


Thus, what they see is not pure of subjectivity, like everything else that they receive. Our subjectivity is the gatekeeper that receives one thing but creates, reshapes, or decreases the information it has received, or all at once.


Subjectivity can only be executed upon our deaths, but its influence can be decreased with intellectual and empirical methods, such as philosophization and research.


The same can be applied to what one feels about whatever person as an inward being, for both sight and emotion can be deceived, whether by optical illusions (sight) or by not enough evidence to support one's argument (emotion). You could feel many emotions towards the inwardly, mental life of a person, beyond their physical façade. However, emotions as evidence are insufficient as such, and using emotion as a supporting claim about what another person feels can prove you wrong.


I was once a few feet away from a social gathering and a person came to me and told me that I am shy. That person felt that I am shy, but I, at that time (the same as generally) didn't see the illusion of shyness as a part of me, and therefore that person was wrong about what they assumed they've seen in me, as an illusory truth.


What I can be certain about who is the "real" person is that of who you choose to see yourself as, mentally and socially speaking (for the role that society declares upon you is not your identity as long as you refuse to acknowledge the said role), while the real you is the part of you that succumbs to the laws of science - the body that is placed in space and in time, beyond your consciousness, and its various physical conditions.


We homo sapiens are "mental demigods," as I call it. We are the offsprings, the products of the various sciences and the psycho-social realms that exist in our imagination, which are by themselves a product of science, as a unique material that can both be prone to the rules of science, and has developed the ability to generate and receive illusions.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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