Reality sucks


Trevor Watkins | Founder | Individualist Movement | Contributing Author | Free Market Foundation | mail me |

“The only thing for sure is that you are here, that you are alive, that this world is full of wonders.” – Spinoza

Reality is the state of things as they actually exist.

Reality determines the future and explains the present.

Faith, hopes, dreams, good intentions are all mere commentary.

Reality is the truth, the red pill, harsh and uncaring.

The truth is based on unequivocal evidence. Evidence is based on thorough investigation.

Reality is persistent, consistent, repeatable, predictable, and provisional.

Quantum physics presents an alternate view of reality but is limited to the subatomic realm.

To identify what is real you must use reason, logic, insight, and a healthy dose of scepticism. The scientific method provides a useful guide.


  • You, your past, your experiences, your free will
  • Your parents, your ancestors
  • Your hard assets, gold, land, resources
  • Your age, gender, height, weight, location
  • Death, disease, disaster
  • Government, rules, taxes
  • The world, other people, other places, other things, the universe
  • Your uniqueness, individuality, and occasional stupidity
  • Consciousness
  • Emotions
  • Mathematics
  • Spontaneous order


  • Your future
  • Your children
  • Your hopes, dreams, earnings, achievements, stories…

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