What is reality? Is reality the fleeting thoughts in our head that represent how we perceive ourselves, selves that are always wanting to but can never measure up to ideals or be complete; selves that exaggerate, that jump to conclusions, that label and blame and avoid responsibility? Selves that are sometimes emotional, frequently anxious, and mostly concerned with “looking good” or avoiding “looking bad”? Or are they the images we see in the mirror, superficial reflections of a physical being that never seem to be quite perfect or ideal?
For many of us, reality is simply the world we experience with our five senses and perception. While for others who choose to go beyond the superficial perspective, reality is like peering into a crystal ball hoping to get a glimpse of a recognizable image. But reality cannot be imagined, this is why we developed models to explain the illusion that we experience.
Our theoretical models of reality are mostly based on relative, subjective interpretation. Religion and philosophy have given us a mythological and metaphysical view of reality. Whereas, science has given us a view of the inner quantum realm and the outer limits of the observable universe since the Big Bang. But, just as we cannot adequately describe our sense of vision to someone lacking that particular sense, we cannot adequately describe or explain the ultimate nature or substance of reality.