To Be Is To Be Perceived

Today, I BARTed over to to Berkeley from my work in Oakland to go to the comic bookstore. I’ve done this a few times and every single time, the same thing happens on my return journey back to work- I get this feeling, wondering if my building is still there. I get off my BART stop, take the stairs out of the station and make my walk back to work. Of course, as I round the corner my building is there. It didn’t go anywhere. Just because I wasn’t there didn’t mean it ceased to exist.

During my two years in the Humanities program back in college, my classmates and I went through more a lot of philosophers and I always remember one in particular – George Berkeley. His theory was that if something is not perceived, who is to say it exists. Meaning, if you are not at your house, and no else is watching it, there is no guarantee that it actually exists.

I know that there are people there while I am not there so of course it still exists. And y’know what? It’ll be there even after everyone’s gone home.

Well, probably.

/random

2 thoughts

  1. Salam,
    I came across your blog while i was looking for muslimah bloggers. I just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog its interesting and down to earth. Just to let you know i am planning on buying the butterfly mosque, watch shades of ray and enlighten all my family and friends on George Berkeley’s theory!
    Thank sis, I’m looking forward to your next post!!
    Zahra

  2. Salaam,

    Thank you so much for your comment! I’m planning to update more, InshAllah. Just a caveat for Shades of Ray though – it’s “decent” but maybe not the best movie ;) It just made me think about all the stuff that I wrote about (caveat provided just in case you don’t like the movie, hehe).

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