The Truth - Illusion of Matter
For a long time, people have been deceived by two illusions: one concerning "matter" and the other concerning "consciousness." These two illusions have blinded people's vision like dense fog, preventing them from seeing the true nature of the world, leaving them unknowingly trapped in endless darkness and fear.
To facilitate understanding, let's start with the principles of a television. Traditional televisions are generally composed of a broadcast signal sent by a television station, which excites the TV's antenna to generate electric current. This current is then processed by various components within the TV, ultimately controlling the display screen to emit light. In other words, this process involves broadcast signals, antennas, electric currents, components, display screens, and light. Clearly, these six elements are all distinct from one another.
Broadcast signals are invisible electromagnetic waves, antennas are typically two metal rods, electric currents are the flow of electrons through conductors, components are image processing units composed of various circuits, display screens are either fluorescent or liquid crystal displays, and light is visible electromagnetic waves. They are entirely different entities.
Although it's true that the variations in light on the display screen are determined by the broadcast signals, looking solely at the light emitted from the screen does not reveal any information about the true nature of the broadcast signals, antennas, electric currents, components, or display screens. Why is this? It's because the radio waves do not enter the television; they simply interact with the antenna, exciting the electric current as a new phenomenon. The electric current is neither the broadcast signal nor the television itself. Thus, one cannot deduce anything about the true nature of the broadcast signals or antennas by examining the electric current. The light, processed by the components, does not emerge directly from the display screen. Instead, it is produced as a new phenomenon through the interaction of light with the display screen. Light is neither the electric current nor the display screen itself; it is a completely distinct phenomenon. We cannot infer anything about the true nature of the display screen or the electric current by solely examining the light.
To put it succinctly, the relationship is such that broadcast signals (A) and antennas (B) produce electric currents (C). This relationship is not A + B = A or B; it's not even A + B = AB. Instead, it is A + B = C, where electric current (C) is an entirely distinct phenomenon from the broadcast signals (A) and antennas (B). If the result were A, B, or AB, people would be able to discern some general characteristics of A or B from the result. In reality, the result is electric current (C), which is an entirely different phenomenon. Hence, people cannot deduce anything about the true nature of the broadcast signals (A) or antennas (B) from electric current (C) alone. The same principle applies to the relationship between electric current (C) and the display screen (D), making it impossible to infer anything about the true nature of the display screen (D) from electric current (C) alone. Hence, people cannot derive information about the true nature of the broadcast signals (A) or antennas (B) from light (E) alone. This reasoning is evident because when people watch television, they are not seeing the true form of broadcast signals or antennas, nor the electric current, and so on.
Our visual perception
Our visual perception is very similar to the television principle discussed earlier. The eye is like an antenna; when light from a source or reflected by objects reaches our eyes, it interacts with the photoreceptor cells in our eyes, generating bioelectric currents in our visual nerves. After being processed by the brain, these bioelectric currents result in visual perception. This process is made up of light, eyes, bioelectric currents, the brain, and visual perception. These five elements are all distinct from one another. Light is visible electromagnetic waves, eyes are physical organs composed of eyeballs, blood vessels, and nerves, bioelectric currents are generated from changes in cell potentials and polarities within the body, the brain generally refers to the brain and spinal cord, and visual perception is a form of consciousness. They are all entirely different entities.
Similar to the case with broadcast signals and antennas generating electric currents, light does not enter the body but interacts with the photoreceptor cells in the eyes, exciting bioelectric currents. Bioelectric currents are neither light nor eyes but constitute an entirely new phenomenon. People cannot deduce anything about the true nature of light or eyes by merely examining bioelectric currents. When bioelectric currents, processed by the brain, create visual perception, it is not the bioelectric currents, nor the brain, but a completely distinct form of consciousness. People cannot deduce anything about the true nature of bioelectric currents or the brain solely from visual perception. As with the other examples, what people see is not the form of bioelectric currents or the structure of the brain. Therefore, we cannot deduce anything about the true nature of light, eyes, bioelectric currents, or the brain from what we usually see.
Following this reasoning, people can't deduce the real form of light or eyes from visual perception alone. The issue lies here: people don't assume that the light emitted from the display screen on a TV reveals the true form of the broadcast signals or the television itself. Still, they unquestioningly believe that what they perceive through vision reflects the genuine form of light. In fact, much like the display screen doesn't reveal the broadcast signals or the television's true form, our perception of "seeing" is essentially just visual perception itself, not the form of light or the eyes. Although visual perception is jointly created by light and eyes, regardless of the true nature of light and eyes, we cannot infer anything about them solely from visual perception. Apart from visual perception, we also have hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and the principles of these four types of consciousness are the same. When the ear interacts with sound, the nose with odors, the tongue with tastes, and the body with objects, bioelectric currents are produced. After processing by the brain, this leads to hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
Deducing the true nature of our senses
Likewise, we cannot deduce the true nature of our senses or the objects they interact with from these types of consciousness. What we know is essentially hearing, smell, taste, and touch themselves. These types of consciousness only reflect consciousness itself and do not provide insight into the true nature of the senses or objects. Just as fuel and oxygen combustion create a flame, regardless of what fuel and oxygen are like, we cannot infer anything about their true nature from examining the flame alone. What the flame reflects is merely the form of the flame itself. However, people tend to assume that what they usually perceive is the genuine form of matter. This is precisely the illusion people have about matter.
Nonetheless, even for ordinary individuals, accepting this concept is challenging. If it were indeed the case, it would cause confusion and leave people uncertain about whether the world is virtual or real. The reason behind this is that people also possess another illusion concerning consciousness, and it is this illusion about consciousness that makes the illusion about matter seem entirely reasonable.