You hear about parallel universes, every now and then, and it's an interesting notion.
But I have come to see it more in terms of parallel realities, and I encounter these phenomena every time I deal with humans.
We all use more or less the same words.
We all more or less use these same words in the same way.
And we mostly more or less receive and deliver more or less completely different messages, as a result.
People more or less inhabit solitary realities.
Some may approach each other more or less closely.
Most more or less diverge completely.
Human interactions are more or less a minefield, as a result.
A very few men, throughout history, have inhabited a stable version of reality.
One upon which they are able to more or less agree.
These are generally known as the great philosophers.
People who have read them see a more or less distinct pattern.
Interestingly, although I have never read any philosophy, I have, I am told, paralleled the known philosophies.
All by myself.
And what does this suggest?
What it suggests to me is that reality is a rather stable and knowable thing, if one is able to closely examine it.
Remove bias, conditioning, wishful thinking and opinion, and reality is what remains.
Even more interestingly, the bulk of people will, upon witnessing my witnessing of reality, infer my enormous insecurity and my consuming need to feel superior, and no matter what enlargement I may offer, to clarify this, will steadfastly infer ever more base meaning to what is taking place.
The conclusion I draw from this is:
There can be no bridge between parallel realities.
They are, apparently, immutably mutually exclusive.
One may inhabit a reality that accurately reflects reality, and share it with a rather small number of others, or one may inhabit an opinion-based reality among countless other opinion-based realities, that stretch on and on into infinity, each of which are inhabited by one solitary ego, that is, by its own definition, the only one that is correct.
I don't bother myself with what the great philosophers said.
If they could know reality, then they are no different from me.
And if I am no different from them, then we don't need to know what we have discovered, because we have all come to the same knowing of reality.
More or less.