The Reality of the Present Moment
In philosophy, the question of what is real is often considered from the point of view of ontology. Ontology is the branch of philosophy that studies being, existence, and reality. In other words, ontology is the study of what exists.
There are different ontological categories of what exists:
(1) physical objects like tables and chairs;
(2) mental objects like thoughts and feelings;
(3) abstract objects like numbers;
(4) other things like ghosts or God.
The question then becomes: which of these ontological categories corresponds to reality? In other words, what is the relationship between reality and what exists?
There are different answers to this question depending on how one defines reality. For some, reality consists only of physical objects; for others, reality includes mental objects as well. Some argue that reality is independent of our minds, whereas others claim that our perceptions create reality.
In this essay, I will discuss the different ways in which reality can be defined, and I will evaluate the pros and cons of each definition. I will argue that the most adequate definition of reality is one that includes both physical and mental objects.
2. What is real about the Present if it cannot be perceived? Its hard to perceive the present, which casts doubt about the reality of the present. Present moment is an aspect of time. Just as we cannot see air but only feel its effects, so too it is with time—we cannot see it but only feel its effects in the form of change. We experience time as a succession of moments, each one different from the last. The present moment is unique; it has never been before and will never be again. It is transitory and fleeting. And yet, despite its ephemeral nature, the present moment is real.
The present moment is real because it is the only moment that exists. The past is gone and the future has not yet arrived; only the present moment is real. This may seem like a trivial point, but it is actually quite profound. If the present moment is the only moment that exists, then it contains all of reality. All of our memories, thoughts, and experiences are contained in the present moment. We may not be aware of them all at once, but they are all there, in the present moment.
The present moment is also real because it is all we have. We cannot change the past or control the future; all we can do is live in the present moment. Therefore, if we want to experience reality, we must do so in the present moment.
The present moment is also real because it is what we experience as life. Life is not a collection of memories or a succession of moments; life is the present moment. If we want to experience life, we must do so in the present moment.
3. The reality of the Present
The reality of the present moment cannot be doubted; it is the only reality we have. And yet, many people do doubt the reality of the present moment. They believe that the past was better than the present and that the future will be better than the present. They believe that life is a collection of memories and that the present moment is just a transitory aspect of time.
However, these beliefs are based on a misunderstanding of what reality is. Reality is not something that can be judged; it simply is what it is. The past and future are not real; they are just concepts created by our minds. The only thing that is real is the present moment.
In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that the only thing that is real is the present moment. The past and future are just concepts created by our minds, and they have no bearing on reality. If we want to experience life, we must do so in the present moment.