Is there objectivity?

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People believe in the subject/object relationship -- self and other. But is there any such thing? Is there objectivity? If not, there cannot really be subjectivity either, as they are two sides of the same coin. If there is no object, there is no subject.

I submit that objectivity doesn't exist at all. What we call 'objectivity' is really just consensus subjectivity. The more people agree on something, the more 'real' or objective we consider it.

If everyone on the planet agrees on something, we tend to accept it absolutely. Yet, it's still consensus subjectivity. What if everyone were wrong? That could easily be the case, and yet we fight against this idea. We "strive to be objective", never realizing that objectivity does not exist. It isn't there.

There is nothing 'out there'. All is within. All is the Self. This is what spirituality tells us for thousands of years, and yet still we fail to look within, go within ourselves, and continue to live via consensus conditioning, what people agree on, as if somehow numbers meant something. Are they more important than our own existence, our own Being?

We jump on quantity, ignoring quality. If only we can possess everything in the world, possess all objects, we'll be happy. But the world is empty of happiness, for it causes us to ignore the only reality we really know -- ourselves.

When we realize objectivity is an illusion -- it could only be the case that subjectivity (me, 'small self') is as well. No objective, no subjective. We are really the nondual Self, but maybe we continue to call it a theory. Hopefully now we see that even on the level of mind, it isn't a theory -- cannot be.



Omkaradatta's picture

As there is no objectivity...

As there is no objectivity, the mind can only 'project' it... and when it does so, the subject is created, as well as need for the ego to protect this illusory subject from the illusory object 'out there'.

Nisargadatta: "With the body comes the world, with the world -- God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts -- fears, religions, prayers, sacrifices, all sorts of systems -- all to protect and support the child-man, frightened out of his wits by monsters of his own making."

We spend our lives trying to 'achieve' or reach true objectivity, so we can 'achieve' true subjectivity (me), all to no avail. We "reach out" to others... are they there? Maybe everyone is really here, within us.

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Omkaradatta | Thu, 12/25/2008 - 15:19
Phroggy's picture

Technique!

"As there is no objectivity, the mind can only 'project' it... and when it does so, the subject is created, as well as need for the ego to protect this illusory subject from the illusory object 'out there'."

Since folks like techniques, here's one that can be informative. Remove your focus on anything in particular, whether it be outside or inside. Expand your focus to include everything; thought, feeling, bodilly sensation, sense perception. In this expanded focus, there is no subject and object, though it's difficult to notice because in the looking to see if it's so, you will likely form a subject/object relationship.

Now look through a cardboard tube at something (or just cup your hand so that you can look through it). As you do, remain in the position of the observer and observe your focus narrowing on the object you're looking at. Then notice how the constriction of your focus creates a sense of separation that wasn't there before. Subject/object, here/there, me/other.

Phroggy | Thu, 12/25/2008 - 21:05