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I know the first thing you may be thinking upon reading this, but there's more to this than you may have assumed. This is not one of those crazy questions where ego-driven maniacs simply call themselves "God" or something and think they are super. Basically, I just wonder if I (yes, just me or I -- not broadly speaking or referring to others) am actually a unique individual because of my ability to perceive the world and see it. I don't assume others cannot see the world, but I can't prove it/know it for certain. If I cannot prove others perceive/see the world as I do, could I just be like a "God" or a rare individual put on Earth/the universe? For example, I have truly wondered whether other people are as "real" as I am or capable of being as "real" as I am. Other people live and die, but I have yet to die.

Am I immortal? Can anyone prove it? I am the only person capable of experiencing the world because I live within my own so-called body and mind. I cannot see the world through other people or as other people. I can't escape my own body or mind (or can I?) Why should I definitely believe that the world or other so-called perceptions outside of me are real or similar to me? After all, I am just me and only I can experience the world with proof. You may be reading this right now and thinking, "This guy is crazy! I'm experiencing the world too." But are you really doing so? Maybe the whole world is just an illusion and I'm the only "real" thing in it? Nothing proves otherwise to me. After all, I'm the only perceiving existence I am sure of (or maybe I don't exist either?). One thing's for certain that I know:

1.Nothing outside of my perception is inherently real to me (with undeniable/irrefutable proof).

2.Nobody besides me is perceptible because only I am perceptible (from my perception).

3.I was born in this body and mind only once and now (supposedly). I don't perceive the world or see it as others supposedly do. Isn't it possible that I'm the only real or "special" existence in this universe? I don't know of any other provable perceptions besides my own. Realistically, couldn't I be God? A deity? A special being? Immortal? Again, nothing or nobody but me can prove perception.

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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solipsism. Also, usually a more useful question than "what do I know for certain" is "what should I rationally believe", as there are many things that we can't irrefutably prove, yet we should still believe. – Eliran May 21 '17 at 7:31
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    The advaita vedanta philosophy says you (your innermost self - but not your ego) are God. When you are perceiving this world, you are perceiving yourself, but in a wrong way. You have to realize your true nature to break the illusion of the world. – Swami Vishwananda May 21 '17 at 10:02
  • define "possible"? if you believe that Gods and special beings exist, then in a sense, yes. – user25714 May 21 '17 at 12:18
  • Your doubts are a priori reasonable, but as objections to Descartes's cogito shows you can not even prove that even your own "I" exists, at best you can report some flow of thinking and perceiving (and even that is doubtful since you need to learn what "thinking" and "perceiving" mean first). The "I" is attached to it after the fact and with the benefit of prior interactions with others. Therefore, the certainty distinction between "I" and others is an illusion, nothing can be proved "for certain". – Conifold May 21 '17 at 20:58
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    Your doubts are a priori reasonable, but as objections to Descartes's cogito show you can not even "prove" that your own "I" exists, at best you can report some flow of thinking and perceiving (and even that is doubtful since you need to learn what "thinking" and "perceiving" mean first). The "I" is attached to it after the fact and with the benefit of prior interactions with others. Therefore, the certainty distinction between "I" and others is an illusion, nothing can be proved "for certain". – Conifold May 21 '17 at 22:17
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"Possible" really depends on what you have accepted as true

Solipsism:

Assuming you're the only perceiving being and everyone else is a figment of your imagination, your subconscious keeping you company then yes. Perhaps you're a lonely "God" who has created some world within their mind and proceeded to live inside it and wipe their mind of the memory of creating it (or having some subconscious create a world to avoid insanity from boredom).

Speculation:

Perhaps you're also a God who has created sentient creatures but then put their own mind into the body of one of these creatures and promptly forgotten about all of the God stuff before.

But you may also be a devil, a coma patient, someone in a VR world, a simulation, a rabbit dreaming of being a human, a random collection of particles creating the simulation of the experience you're having now but without any real history (or future) (see Boltzmann brain).

The point is that all these things are possible but are not practical to continue living in the experiences you're already in.

  • I need to know more about your last sentence "The point is that all these things are possible but are not practical to continue living in the experiences you're already in." Where can I find more about this, specifically the part after "but"? – Anthony Genovese 2 days ago
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We are all immortal beings in mind and soul, only our body is mortal. If you were God you wouldn’t have all these questions. Questioning your purpose and existence is a step in the right direction but believing you are the Creator is a dangerous road to take. Try walking down this path WITH God. He will answer all your questions! Good luck!

  • Good observation: if one were God one wouldn't have all these questions. That is what I take as the core of the answer. Would you have references or quotes of philosophers, not specifically theologians, who present such a position as this one? It would strengthen your answer and give readers a place to go for more information. – Frank Hubeny Jul 16 '18 at 12:45
  • Thank you Frank for your reply. I’m sorry I do not have references or quotes from philosophers or theologians on the topic of God, as all of my knowledge and wisdom comes directly from Him. All the best to you in your life’s journey of knowledge and truth. – user34223 Jul 18 '18 at 13:21
  • Please edit this to add some sources to support what you say here. – curiousdannii Nov 27 '18 at 5:09
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Leo Tolstoy has a book entitled, "The Kingdom of God is Within You" which you might consider reading. You incited me to consult "the book of knowledge".. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Tolstoy which interestingly sums him up at one point as "considered a philosophical anarchist."

Buddhism, as better-described in another comment, basically confirms your suspicion via its "all is one and one is all" way of thinking. Of course, that shatters your notion of YOU being The "God" and replaces it with.. yes, everyone is.

Psychologists would say you have a Messianic Complex. You might!

Some theoretical physicists doing string theory hold that there are infinitely many universes splitting off from one another constantly, providing all possible permutations and combinations of possibilities. If this is so, maybe we're all in Your Universe.

  • Buddhism, as better-described in another comment, basically confirms your suspicion via its "all is one and one is all" way of thinking This is misleading. Compare en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indra%27s_net – CriglCragl Jul 16 '18 at 19:44
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You do not have a private language. You are using words to express yourself, which required a community to develop, and your childhood to learn and understand. You cannot hold private concepts any more than you can create a private currency. Your own nature can only be understoid by you relationally, and through interaction.

  • There are a lot of assumptions in that argument. Although I am not disagreeing with you, I think you should give some substance for the assumptions. Regards! – Bertrand Wittgenstein's Ghost Nov 26 '18 at 4:20

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