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FF – The Dangers of Philosophy

Here is my story (it’s not really a story) for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Ronda Del Boccio. I’m still too tired to think of anything funny so I wrote this instead 😦

 

Everything’s a matter of perspective. A point of view. Is that building small or just far away? Is that man mugging that little old lady or trying to stop her falling?

Who can know?

Is this life real? Are we in someone else’s dream? When we touch something, is it really there or is our brain trying to fool us into thinking we really exist?

All these things Brandon pondered until, finally, he winked out of existence, wiped from history.

Such is the danger of philosophy. Don’t overthink. Lest you cease to be.

If you really be at all.

 

  1. August 8, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve often pondered the same myself! I’m concerned whether we are all upside down. After all, our eyes see things upside down, then our brains turn them the right way up. Or do they/it/we?

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  2. August 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Oh… but that goes against Descartes… if you think you are. Maybe it’s just us who never understood that you need to think to be, and we are stuck in limbo.

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    • August 9, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Just keep thinking and we’ll be okay. Possibly.

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  3. August 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    By some philosophies, winking out of existence is the highest goal

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    • August 9, 2018 at 7:42 am

      I’ll give those a miss for now!

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  4. August 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    It’s best not to ponder these things too much, especially when parallel universes and quantum physics start getting involved.

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    • August 9, 2018 at 7:43 am

      Yes. What’s all this about creating a new universe every time we make a choice? Surely there’s not enough space to put them all…

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  5. August 8, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Too tired to think of anything funny? Well maybe I have a warped sense of humour because that made me laugh!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • August 9, 2018 at 7:43 am

      You’re having a giggle at poor Brandon, aren’t you? Sorry, Brandon? Never heard of him…

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  6. August 9, 2018 at 1:09 am

    When I was a little girl I use to wonder if we were to another species like ants were to us. Most likely there was a God influence somewhere in my thinking. Surprisingly I didn’t poof away. That I know of.

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    • August 9, 2018 at 7:45 am

      I’m sure we’re as ants to someone or something out there… I’ll choose to believe that you’re real and have kindly commented, maybe that’s all that’s required to make it real 🙂

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  7. August 9, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Uh-uh.. what about cogito, ergo sum?

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  8. August 9, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Since everything in this reality is a product of my wild imagination, I must pat myself on the back for this great piece of philosophical inspiration. Good job, self! Now I think I’ll dream up a million dollars…

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    • August 9, 2018 at 7:47 am

      They’ll only be a million dollars in your own personal reality. You can still spend it though.

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  9. August 9, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I enjoyed your humorous stream-of-consciousness story. At least philosophers don’t tend to kill other people, even if their own ongoing existence is precarious!

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    • August 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

      That’s true, they’re quite harmless. Unless they’re driving a bus at the time 🙂

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  10. Lyn
    August 9, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Now my head is aching :/

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  11. August 9, 2018 at 10:59 am

    My brain hurts. Very profound this week. 🙂

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    • August 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

      It’s a bit of a twister. Best not to think about it, really 🙂

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  12. August 9, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Everything is complex, bound by the need for perspective. It keeps life interesting and scary

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  13. August 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Brain-in-a-vat, isn’t it? That’s about all I remember from an introductory philosophy course… Who are you again? 🙂

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  14. August 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Another great thought-provoking story! My universe-creating device must be broken. The current one is a bad reality show. 🙂

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    • August 10, 2018 at 6:30 am

      I hope your universe-creating device gets back on track soon. I can’t even bear to watch reality shows, let alone star in one…
      I’m glad you liked my story 🙂

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  15. August 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I had a philosophy teacher who started the class like this (and he spoke like this too) I am not heew to fuck up you minds… but that chaiw is not thewe)… That was it for me.

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    • August 10, 2018 at 6:31 am

      Wow, I could teach it then! The great thing is, all you have to do is spout nonsense and everyone pretends to understand because they don’t to look stupid 🙂

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      • August 10, 2018 at 6:36 am

        Exackery!!

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  16. August 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I think therefore I am. Well, I thought I was. Maybe I’m not. But then again, I used to be. Perhaps someday I will be. On the other hand…nicely done. Thanks for the headache. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • August 10, 2018 at 6:40 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      It’s enough to make one question one’s very own existence!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂
      Ali

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  17. August 9, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Perhaps death is the real existence?….I love that even when you’re tired, your stories are taking us for a spin.

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    • August 10, 2018 at 6:41 am

      Maybe – life begins once it’s all over. I’m glad you liked it!

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  18. August 10, 2018 at 12:29 am

    All that philosophy makes my eyes bleed. I bet those dudes who sit around thinking arcane thoughts aren’t exactly the life of the party 🙂

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    • August 10, 2018 at 6:41 am

      They’re the ones clustered in the corner that nobody wants to talk too 🙂

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  19. August 10, 2018 at 8:05 am

    The opposite of ‘I think, therefore I am.’ Nice one!

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    • August 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      I don’t think, therefore I’m not zzzp!

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  20. August 10, 2018 at 9:25 am

    love love love this
    the flow
    the ironic lightness as you deal with the depth (and often heavy and ugh vibes with philosophy)
    so three gold stars (out of 3)

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    • August 10, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! Discussions like this always make me feel a bit weird 🙂

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  21. August 10, 2018 at 9:57 am

    …so we are figments of our own imaginations. Mmmm, I wonder…

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    • August 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      That sounds like an infinite spiral chicken and egg thing right there 🙂

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  22. August 10, 2018 at 10:03 am

    That’s really kind of creepy, Ali. If we just “winked out of existence” one day it would be less expensive for the relatives but a bit of a shock. I’ve done a lot of thinking so doubt I’ll just “wink out”. It would have happened by now. 😀 — Suzanne

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  23. August 10, 2018 at 11:41 am

    This is what happens, when we ask many questions, i guess. 😊. Poor guy never took the time to live. Eerie last line.

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    • August 10, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      It’s best not to think of these things I reckon 🙂 If only because you can spend your whole life on it.

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  24. August 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    If I don’t think, maybe I’ll keep on existing.

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  25. August 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    A most thought provoking take on the prompt Ali. Leaves me wondering about such things, which is good.

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    • August 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Wondering about the reality of existence (or the existence of reality!) makes me feel a bit funny 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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  26. August 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    That’s exactly why I dont like to think – what if I think I dont exist? That I fret and fuss about nonexistent things? I dont think I would like it at all!

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  27. August 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Maybe this will help me not to overthink so much…great post!

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  28. August 11, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Oh my goodness, now I’m stuck in a loop! =)

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  29. August 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I’m not going to overthink this – it’s too disturbing. Am I here? Who knows?

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    • August 12, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      As long as you believe you’re here, then you are 🙂

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  30. August 13, 2018 at 1:23 am

    This is what is known as thinking too much!

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    • August 13, 2018 at 6:48 am

      For sure. Just accept reality, that’s the safest course. Even if it’s really only in your head… 🙂

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  31. August 13, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Did Brandon forget to eat and drink, and hence wink out of existence? Or was he a figment of someone else’s imaginings and perspective? I mean to say, did you get bored with poor Brandon and eliminate him? 😉

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    • August 15, 2018 at 4:45 am

      He winked himself out of existence by questioning his own reality, the poor fellow 😦

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  32. August 15, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Very intriguing indeed!

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