Posted by: Babu Suresh | January 24, 2009


Two students standing beneath the
flagpole of the faculty building were
engaged in a heated debate.
“But can’t you see that it’s the wind
that is really moving and, in its
movement, making the flag curl and
“You are mistaken,” the second
student replied, “because you cannot
see the wind. How then can you conclude
that it is making the flag move?”
A philosophy professor who happened
to be passing by decided to interrupt
the conversation. He approached the two
students, took a draw on his pipe and
said, “I’m sorry gentlemen, but have
you ever considered the following
argument: it is your mind that both
flaps and moves.”
What did the professor mean? Was he
offering a solution to the problem of
the two students? Yes, in the form of a
profound truth: nothing is as we see
it, because our minds create everything
that we see, at the moment we see it.
As such, there is no other reality than
our self.
This theory, called a solipsism, is
doubly useful. On the one hand it
protects us against faulty appearances.
On the other, it indicates a path to
self knowledge. That’s because if my
mind affects everything (is, in fact,
everything) then studying what is real
is the same as studying my own being.

Xtian Godefroy



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