What is Reality?
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Mr. Keller, there is so many quotes that I could use from Morpheus in the life changing movie of the matrix. But we can only choose one I want to read you the runner up, because it's my favorite quote. And I always say, you take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed, you believe whatever you want to believe you take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland. And I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes, we're not going to talk about that today. Because we need 30 minutes, we only have six. Today's quote is this, if real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted in your brain. So a minute after you eat like a giant steak, or a four scoop ice cream sundae. You go, oh, man, I shouldn't have done that. But while you're eating it, like this is awesome. It's all just signals in your head, depending on where you are in life.
Yeah, but it's also consequences. Eating four scoops of ice cream. A moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips. Larry, I hadn't looked this up. Because the first thing I thought of was like our feelings real. And everyone, every psychologist I know would be like your feelings are real, it's important to feel them. And the definite, I saw a couple definitions. And they all have this caveat. But this is the definition I like the world or state of things as they actually exist as opposed to an idealistic or non idealistic idea of them. So there's always what it is as opposed to idealism. So maybe feelings do not exist. In reality, based on the definition, I think we've changed to be able to adapt to that. But I guess it kind of just depends on your perspective of what you want from life.
Well, that and that literally takes us back to the quote, what actually exists, like what is real. So what's the difference when you're eating between eating three pieces of pizza? And two?
Can you elaborate on that? I'm not sure what
I mean, like, you know, in the time that you ate, like, let's say you're at someone's house, they give you pizza, and you have three pieces of slices instead of just two. The difference is you just ate an extra one. You could have eaten one in the same time that it took 83. It's, it doesn't really even like what is that extra to do doing your to do and do your brain?
I mean, you feel that though, that that stays within what's reality, because you feel how it affects your body. I think more of like, what you can feel, smell, taste and see. Is Australia real? I mean, I've been there before, but I don't know that it's there right now. So it's kind of like, it's, I guess it's your collection of of your experiences and what you're willing to trust in and believe.
So and I think that's true, I kind of came to the conclusion, whatever we're doing sort of adds to our database. But remember, when a couple of months ago, we had that quote, and it said, like, whatever you remember, turns out you remembered it wrong in the first place. So your database is wrong.
Yeah. And also perception is reality, like whatever you think happened is kind of like the narrative that you come out with, like remembering a fond memory, it probably gets sweeter every single time you remember it, or it gets worse every time you remember it. So it's kind of don't trust anything is that?
Well, you know, and then there's that better scene in the matrix where cipher, he's sitting there and he goes, You know, I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, that matrix is telling my brain that it's juicy and delicious. And after nine years, I know what I realized that ignorance is bliss, like he's eating a steak in this fictional matrix, and knows that it once again is only something signaling in his brain that we're on Earth, we're actually eating the steak. So what do you do? Like what are those impulses in your brain? What are you doing with like, I guess that's the out like, what are you doing with the impulses your brain is saying to you, after you eat a piece of steak?
I mean, I think this is an interesting exercise to think about. But then in practice, I feel like you can go too far down. And yeah, in in you don't take responsibility because you're like, oh, nothing's real. Like, it's interesting to point out but like the Coronavirus vaccine, I can't see what's in it. I know it's a liquid. Am I gonna? Is it real? Because I can't see it can I can't see the mRNA like is mRNA real? So I think it's like an interesting exercise to like to put stuff in perspective and be like, I believe this because of that, or I do this because of this. And I think it's just an exercise to take a step back and I challenge you challenge things.
The practical application for me is back to your thing with the feelings, you know, you feel something you're angry or sad, or whatever it is. And in that moment, you're like, it's all that it consumes you. But then you wait like five minutes, and you're okay. Like, and I'm super passionate like that. If I could just somehow in that moment, go like, Hey, this is just an electrical impulse, that's gonna change in like, 10 minutes, let's just stay calm. That would really, really help me.
This probably won't help anyone. But thinking that feelings are real is a way to tell you that you need to actually deal with them. But they really aren't real. They're just kind of, they're not tangible. It's a feeling that it'll pass a fleeting moment. Whether it be a year or five seconds.
I sort of think we're compatible on this, like, you know, food isn't is complicated, right? Who you just simply eats whatever they want. I'm not I don't have that metabolism. I can't do that. It's hard. You know, I want to have the third piece of pizza, whatever, whatever. My favorite thing though. I know we can come I can come back the food is when I have a clear conscience when I can eat whatever I'm eating. Like when I've gone on a run, when I've eaten pretty good and able to just sit and enjoy whatever it is in that moment. Then it's that moment and then I don't have the regret sometimes that I do when I've eaten something.
Do you have that same thought process with alcohol or do you drink freely?
Ah, I drink too much. I just goes down the gullet. I definitely should weigh have that conversation with myself a lot more than I should.
More than I do. My barometer of what I should and shouldn't be eating is how my pants fit. If my pants are getting a little tight. We're going for a salad. If not, maybe we're going for a double double. It's an in and out thing right? Or we get a water burger. Well if you want to have more food, please reach out you can take the blue pill. Got me with a sign reposting podcast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller for Morpheus and thanks for stopping by
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