Solipsism – an Illustrated Definition (YouTube)

Some readers have been intrigued by my use of the word solipsism. What does it mean? Well, we could go by the Dictionary.com definition, but that’s a little on the boring side:

Solipsism – an extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

I’m afraid that I would never have called my faith a solipsism. Isn’t Christianity all about dying to self? Yes, in many ways. And no, in so very many others. I submit the following “illustrated definition” for consideration. Caricatures can be instructive, and they can cause us to rethink things to which we are blinded by familiarity:

I’d have to say that I’m guilty of all these things. The retrospective has been a hard swallow.

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Ref: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheThinkingAtheist

 

Comments

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Matt – thought maybe you could use this:

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  2. Isn’t Solipsism the idea that nothing outside your mind is real? As far as i’ve understood it, it contends that since your present experience is generated in your brain (based on inputs from your senses) and given your brain can generate the same experiences without the input from the senses (a dream or hallucination) then there is no guarantee that what you’re experiencing right now is real. That’s to say your reality could all be-self generated, meaning nothing but your mind actually exists. If we turn solipsism inside out we get delusion: an experience which a person believes is real but is in fact self-generated.

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  3. Matt, were you a prosperity gospel Christian? Also, it’s true that some Christians are idle, but it’s a myth that somehow the religion is married to idleness. Far from it, we are called to take care of the earth and to love which leads to action.

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