Quote from ThyLordQ »The "safe" option is just living your life as though it's real, because if you're working at things that make you happy and bettering oneself, then real or not you've improved, at the very least, your perception of yourself. And if you wake up and your new reality is disappointing, then you gave yourself something to aspire to. It's only a waste if you waste it.
Man, why is it that when people ask these questions, it's always "What if everyone else is fake, and I'm the only real one?" They never ask if they're the fakes or the imagined.
If your reality is fictional, then whatever your body tells you is also a falsehood, because dream you is no more real than the people around you. You can safely ignore hunger, and thirst, and relief in all of its forms. Any emotion you've ever had is a falsehood, irrelevant in the face of creation. Your joy with gaming constructs? Irrelevant. Your sadness for loss? Irrelevant. Your anxiety at the perception of reality? Irrelevant. Because, per your own definition, you are emotionally reacting to and bonding with a fictional world, and all of the fictional things in it, which makes you soft in the head.
Honestly, it just kinda feels like you're asking these questions because you want to feel like you matter in a species 7 billion strong, and the life you're currently living isn't providing that for you.
Somehow the position that I might be fake or imagined isn't troublesome. I'm not doing this because I want to, but so far I cannot find a way to definitively put this argument to bed since I cannot prove either side. The argument from ignorance can go both ways on this one. It feels like a shot in the dark on what is essentially the foundation for how I experience and interact with the rest of this reality.
I don't understand how the safe option is to treat it as though it is real. It seems like that is taking a risk that would lead to wasted effort, even if everything else is illusory it is still possible to waste your energy and your efforts. You would not have improved at anything since anything you would have done in that world would not count, it just disappeared in smoke. All the investments you made into things that didn't ultimately exist would make one then doubt whether it is worth it to do the same thing again lest you end up risking it all being illusory and wasting your effort again. It would just continue to build upon itself. To treat this as reality is to take a risk, to do otherwise is to be safe. Because if you did nothing, and it turns out to be false and fake, then you don't lose anything. Losing nothing is far better then believing you had something and to then losing it because the reality is that it never existed.
Doing nothing is the safest response because you don't invest in anything and therefor cannot lose anything. The response you are putting forth is risky with a huge negative outcome, one that I believe most people would not risk at all. Worse then death is the feeling that everything you ever did never existed. I know you would equate death with that, but the difference is that with death (as far as I know) you won't be aware of any of it.
So you aren't offering a safe option, but a huge risk with a relatively moderate reward but with a huge downfall. Even I know that's not a logical thing to do. That's the sort of choice a gambler makes.