The Reality Problem
We're all familiar with the reality problem:
What is reality? How can I know for sure? How do I reconcile my personal view of reality with what's actually happening? How do I reconcile my view with the views of others? Why is there suffering? Why must I die?
And – why can't I answer these questions?
Thankfully, all these questions are answerable. To do so however, requires recognition of a more fundamental problem – the real reality problem:
My mind's persistent effort to upstage reality – my inclination to prioritize and dwell on my personal view – independent of reality. But while unaware of this behavior I'm consciously separating myself from the only context available to me to solve the reality problem – actual reality.
And all the while the solution is immediately available: prioritizing reality over my personal view – because it's reality that will determine the trustworthiness and utility of my view. Simply put, reality itself is the only and best solution to the reality problem.
So here's the answers:
What is reality? Reality is the context of existence.
How can I know for sure? By accepting reality.
How do I reconcile my personal view of reality with what's actually happening? By recognizing that reality is precedent to my personal view.
How do I reconcile my view with the views of others? By recognizing that reality is the shared context of everything and everyone that exists.
Why is there suffering? Suffering is a necessary aspect of existing within a context. Human suffering arises from not understanding, accepting, or nurturing the miraculous context of human existence.
Why must I die? Because eternal life is inconsistent with the wondrous context of life.
And finally, why can't I answer these questions? Because I won't let reality answer them for me.
Suggestion: As you read the above, can you catch your mind defining 'reality' all by itself? If yes, you've revealed both the real reality problem – and your potential to solve it.