If A Tree Falls In The Forest
You’ve probably heard the wonderful question “If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear the forest call?” That, at least, is the gist of the original question.
What is Reality?
It’s an intriguing question because, fundamentally, the question it asks is that, with no one there to witness the act, did the tree actually fall and, by implication, does it matter.
I suppose the whole argument gets back to where we place ourselves in relation to the rest of existence. Does that then not suggest that reality, as we perceive it, is action occurring within our immediate zone of influence and registered through our sensory organs?
Do we human beings have to witness something before it comes into reality as a subject, object, event or happening? Are we really that important?
Give Me A Break
Thank goodness for the TV, newspaper and the internet without which the world outside our normal everyday experience would then not exist. But what of travel? Does the consequence of travel bring into existence life, land and cultures other than our own?
Of course not! Just because you don’t know something or someone doesn’t mean it or they don’t exist. They simply exist outside of your current experience.
Perhaps this discussion is best left to the philosophers. Though I do believe that, as meaning-seeking, creative beings we are involved in the act of creation through our art. You could also argue that our positive thoughts are, by their very nature, creative while our negative thoughts destructive.
One Final Word
I heard a good one the other day. “If a man speaks his mind in a forest and no woman hears, does that mean he’s still wrong?”
The above photo was made in the Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina, right down the bottom of South America. You’ll be pleased to know that, even if one or more of these beautiful trees has fallen since I made this picture, this photo is proof of their existence or, more correctly put, my response to their existence.