Originally Posted by wolfgang
Maybe that's the only "universal" - that we only have our own experience to go by, which is the subjective mind set - which tends to expand into "we are all one". Can you have a subjective mind set and no subjective reality? No "we are all one" and this ego stuff is really an illusion?
That's kind-of the inherent paradox in relativism... you can't say: "it's universally true that nothing is universally true." All I know for sure is that I personally cannot perceive anyone's perceptions but my own. So, I can't be sure that I know what is true for anyone else, or even that they really exist.
The reduction to "we are all one" sidesteps that problem by making the grand union "consciousness" the one and only true source of perception. Is it true? It might as well be, since it's the only consciousness I'm sure is there. I can't say I fully get it, though, because the idea is fairly new to me. I'm trying to get behind the idea, because it seems to take care of a lot of nagging issues with objective reality.