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Oh interesting quesion
How do we know anything is real? What does it mean to be 'real'? This is a deeply philosophical question which has been asked for centuries.
If I see fairies then are they real if you don't? Many people say they see fairies but how can we know what they see if we do not see it? If you say you can't see faries and I do then can you say they are not real? Why is your assertion more valid than mine?
I don't see fairies however I also don't see x rays, oxygen, electricity, magnetism, the black hole at the centre of our galaxy or atoms and molecules and apparently they are real.
The senses are a wonderful thing but we cannot trust them. Watch a car drive down a road and it gets smaller. Is it actually getting smaller? Of course not. We process so little of the information coming into our brains and we make quite a bit of it up. If YOur brain makes it up then doees this mean it is not real? The science of the mind is both fascinating and bizarre. Oliver Sacks has written some wonderful and accessible books aboout this. Descartes explored the idea that we are nothing but a brain in a jar being fed sensations via a demon. ( the basis of the film The Matrix!). How do we know we aren't?
And it seems that atoms and molecules are not 'real' after all. Nothing is 'real' in a materialistc sense and this is the issue physics is grappling with today. Everything is a vibration (something that has been known by magical practitioners for absolutely eons) so depends on what you think a fairy is the ultimate point it is the same as you - a vibration. Connected universally. In the Mind. The collective Mind. Everything is the mind - Ariel will tell you this three dimensional world is not real. It is a sham, something we have made up so we have a place to learn.
If you leave a saucer of milk out at night for the fairies and then you have a run of good luck does this mean fairies are real? It does because this is what you hav decided. Whether it is coincidence or fairies - either can be real to you.
It's become a bit of a stream of consciouness! My view is there is so much left to know about the Universe and Cosmos that who is to say they aren't real? If you went back in time to the a Victorian and showed him an iPhone he would think it is magic. There is no way he could envisage it's existence. What else is there out there? Entanglement and superposition are two very weird issues in quantun physics - you may want to Google them if you have not heard of them. Very interesting concepts which are so counter intuitive to our scientific materialist norm. In the same way faries are....
Finally - forgive this dissertation but I do find this kind of thing extremely fascinating. We can never 'know' if fairies are real in the same way I can never 'know' this laptop is real. It feels real, looks real but i don't 'know' it is.
Some people will say fairies exist and some people will say its all in the mind (does this make them any less real?) Some people will say they don't exist at all. And i've not even touched upon fairies as psychological archetypes which I suspect will lead me to another long post but I will spare you that!
Thanks for the question! I thoroughy enjoyed it. I'm not sure if it helped though :) BBX
Interesting to compare faeries to quantum physics. But you‘re right. I totally agree!
Thanks Susanne - I am very interested in science especially quantum physics. It really is quite astounding how it has developed over the last hundred years espeically as it seems to be difficult to reconcile it to the recieved wisdom of the Newtonian paradigm - which, of course, was seen to be immutable (hence no Theory of Everything - yet).
And there does seem to be areas where it begins to - possibly - seem to - potentially (LOL) to support centuries old esoteric thought. But I try not to get too excited by this in case I started seeing things that aren't there and fitting square pegs into round holes just to support my theories. The vibration thing is the obvious one being an Hermetic Principle but there is so much more. And there will be so much more. I am very excited about physics!