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Our Reality is Defined by Our Senses

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We see, smell, taste, touch and hear the environment around us, and then our minds (both unconsciously and consciously) create realities based on what our senses tell us.  We generally believe that we are experiencing all there is to perceive, and we make assumptions based upon those perceptions, which ultimately shape our actions, world view and ideologies.

Without our senses, we wouldn’t be able to thrive and understand the world around us. Yet, at the same time, we are severely limited by our senses. This is especially true when we compare ourselves to other animals. Although human beings have a unique trait of higher-reasoning and self-awareness, our reality may actually be a limited, illusory perception.

When individual senses are directly compared to humans and other animals, we look primitive in comparison. In fact, there is an entirely different reality being experienced by amphibians, fish, mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. These enhanced senses undoubtedly shape an entirely unique perception of existence for the life of these animals.

Unique Animal Senses

Sight

Smell

Taste

Touch

Hearing

Additional Senses

A Different Reality

The limitations of our senses raise unlimited questions about what we perceive as our reality. For example, the following questions immediately come to mind:

  1. What would our relationships be like if we had a heightened sense of pheromones?
  2. What would our environment tell us and how would we interact with it, if we could see polarized and infrared light?
  3. How would we interact with our environment if we could hear sounds from far away and at different spectrums?
  4. What would it be like if we could use echolocation to determine where we go and how we identify objects?
  5. If we could taste like a pig, would we be overly consumed with taste and eating (more so than we are now)?

Our limited perceptions, coupled with our survival instincts, contribute to our inability to fully comprehend our true reality and also fuels our instinctual superstitious behavior. When spiritualists claim that there is much more beyond what we can perceive, they are absolutely correct. Except in our case, it has more to do with our limitation to perceive our environment and our higher-reasoning’s desire to survive and live forever.

So why don’t we have these enhanced senses? The answer is simple. The process of evolution decided we didn’t need them to survive and thrive.

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