You are reading
, and these words, now these words.
And now you are reading the second line. Or are you? Surely you think
Which means you think
you have a brain
which is receiving signals from your eyes
, and that this brain of yours is functioning, running properly, all cylinders humming. One might even claim, soberly
But that's the next question -- how do you know you're sober? How can you be sure you aren't so
hopped up on something right now that you simply think you're sober? That this is your correct plane of existence, not one so much higher that you need to hop-poppity-bonk your own consciousness
to descend to its current level. How can you be sure you didn't take
something designed to have exactly that intended effect.
of whether everything we perceive is simply an illusion
is a well-trod one in philosophy
alike, but most often it is framed as an imposition
, as a trick
being played on one mind
by another. But it could just as well be something we've decided to do to ourselves, or even to a part, but not the whole of ourselves.
You could right now be sitting back watching you read these words, amused by your own non-realization that you are doing this sitting back and watching.
And, possibly oddest of all, you might not be reading these words at all.
You might be writing