Object permanence is a trait that very young children develop during a specific stage in their infancy; the exact one depends on the psychologist you listen to. Before this is developed, when a child can’t see an object it will completely forget about its existence. All that is reality is what is contained within their field of vision.
As we get older the world builds and reality is whatever we have seen. Reality is the combined memory of every single object/life form that has ever entered our consciousness. We add things to our world that we haven’t ever seen, things that other people tell us they have seen and so the realities of every single human being become inextricably linked. If anything we see doesn’t fit with the reality of the majority we presume that it must be a hallucination or a dream.
But why do we presume that the way the baby’s mind works is the wrong way? A baby’s reality is simply what it has in its head, it is limited by its ability to hold information and so its reality remains small but it doesn’t judge its beliefs based on everyone else. When we gain the ability to communicate we presume that if people see the same thing as us it must be real but to a baby the only reality is what it personally can see.
Reality is only what you decide reality is. Your senses and the senses of other people can’t be trusted, so all you have is whatever you choose to have. A baby has such a limited range of information that it can hold in its head that its reality is its own creation. It hasn’t been clouded by the rest of us.
The development of object permanence is damaging for our philosophical discovery. We presume if an object exists in our memory it is real. On its own there is nothing wrong with that because as I said reality is our own choice, but when combined with the object permanence of other human beings and our mob mentality we presume that majority memory makes something real outside the existence of human beings.
Take away human beings and that table, that chair, that bed, cannot exist anymore. And the only ones who truly understand that are the infants that we look down on.
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