I haven’t been writing very much lately, so here’s a weird thing I wrote during a class about 18th century theatre.
“Absolutely not,” Max says. “There’s no such thing as objectivity. There isn’t. Even natural laws and things like mathematics can be warped, it’s just harder. Everything is relative. Everything.”
“You’re just saying that because you work with infinite mulitverses,” Kev said. It sounded like an accusation.
Max smiles. “So let’s just narrow it down to this branch, then. Just this universe and everything that comes from it. There’s still no such thing as objectivity for any human being. Natural laws and mathematics are absolute and objective—they’re the same and true no matter what. But the second you or I or anyone at all looks at them, thinks about them, or is affected by them, it’s no longer about them, it’s about us. We can both look at the same phenomenon and draw wildly different conclusions about it, even if we have the same education about the things underlying that phenomenon.”
“Yes, but,” Kev says. “There is an objective truth there. We can arrive at the same objective truth. Or you can arrive at it and I can be totally off-base, and my conclusion is objectively wrong.”
Max shakes his head and says, “Yes, but it doesn’t stretch past observable facts. I mean, it’s down to, to—if this table exists, and we both agree it exists, great. But how do we know that? Anything we observe or figure out is based on us, on our, our perceptions. Just because it happens to be true doesn’t mean you or I came to that conclusion objectively. I’ve got my experiences and society’s influence in my head, and whatever things I’ve processed differently or misinterpreted, or thought about on my own, and you’ve got all that in your head plus whatever else you’ve picked up from books or your family or professors—”
“I thought we had the same education in this phenomenon,” Kev interrupts.
“Okay,” Max says, “we have the same exact education and experiences. We still process this stuff differently—and we know that, people have tested that. Even people with the exact same DNA and upbringing end up being radically different people.”
“Right. So even though we’ve been through the very same things and we’re looking at the same thing and we came to the same conclusion, we came to that conclusion in different ways. And it was influenced by all sorts of things. It isn’t something we concluded based on thin air. Even if we’re trying to base our conclusions just on what’s in front of us, we can’t even see it without our previous associations.