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Seeing Is Not Seeing

(This poem is based on the Irish philosopher George Berkeley (1685 - 1753), also known as Bishop Berkeley. He denied the existence of material things. Instead he contended that familiar objects like tables and chairs are only ideas in the mind of perceivers and, as a result, cannot exist without being perceived. My intent is to poke a little fun at his expense and leave the “truth” of his assertions to the reader.) Cautious intellectuals, weaned on Berkelyean psychology, seem to have little to say that might be construed as positive or right; in fact, are wary, if not skeptical, of any perception non-intellectual, of wishy-washy public opinion based solely on “normal” vision, admitting only that the conclusion of what appears is in fact a delusion. So that it’s safer to be skeptical, because all appearances are doubtful. This unreliable rule well applies, they claim, to over-zealous eyes, and alleged miraculous spectacles, as well as “pseudo” miracles. Rushing to untested conclusions, they say, only worsens perceptions. A well known law they quote states the obvious is often subject to mistakes. And one’s senses are least of all not enough to know what’s credible. The fundamental question is: in touchy matters such a this is a rational explanation possible to explain the impossible? Example: does the Eiffel Tower exist as it is seen and allegedly is? To answer that question infallibly may take years, or exceed a century! In the meantime, speculations prevail, along with guesstimations. And while there’s no harm in this, they advise it is better to desist from an attempt to climb the tower by elevator or by one’s foot power, since why fall tragically through air from a tower supposedly not there?

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Date: 10/27/2021 2:24:00 PM
Great piece Maurice
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Maurice Rigoler
Date: 11/17/2021 2:53:00 PM
Thanks for commenting on this poem. I honestly didn't think it would any appeal to any Souper. Thanks for proving me wrong. / Maurice
Date: 10/25/2021 2:48:00 AM
You have given me much to think of today and possibly some poem ideas of my own."This unreliable rule well applies, they claim, to over-zealous eyes, and alleged miraculous spectacles, as well as “pseudo” miracles." Great lines!
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Date: 10/13/2021 6:47:00 AM
Maurice, you have given us a lot to think about. Are we creating our own reality moment to moment? Can large groups of people bring something into reality to have it stay indefinitely? Great write~ Warren
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