Reality Is What Reality Is, Or Is It?

Most everyone has remembers the old Taoist paradox about Chang Tsu who dreamt he was a butterfly, but when he awoke he couldn’t remember whether he was Chang Tsu who dreamt he was a butterfly or a butterfly who dreamt he was Chuang Tsu.

Interesting, but now turn it on its head.

Suppose you discovered that your life, your world, indeed everything you have ever known was part of a stranger’s psychosis, a stranger’s delusions.  What would that mean for you?  How could you prove it?  And finally, perhaps most importantly, what could you―or would you―do about it?


About Kevin_Fraleigh

I am a novelist, and much of my writing is predicated on the concept that within each of us is a hole. For some of us, the hole is a divot, shallow and insignificant. But for many of us the hole is a cavern, deep and expansive. We try to fill it with sex or drugs or religion, but the cavern has an insatiable appetite. This is where the dark things live―the things that fill our nightmares. The things that claw at our minds. The things that inspire the stories of horror, madness, and twisted realities. From the depths of that cavern come the seeds of my stories. Won’t you join me in the dark edges of reality? Learn more about me from my blog at You can find my novels at,, and most eBook retailers. You can also read some of my full length short stories at
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2 Responses to Reality Is What Reality Is, Or Is It?

  1. ben Surbana says:

    A paradoxical solution is in order here: “Yield and overcome.” (Lao Tsu) 🙂

  2. Mirna Morgan says:

    Well, i think i must at first accept duality and then seek Freud …. 🙂 🙂

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