What is the real world?

“We must deliberately break with our inveterate habit of taking the ‘visible world’ for granted; our lazy assumption that somehow science is ‘real’ and metaphysics is not. We must pull down our own card houses – descend, as the mystics say, ‘into our nothingness’ – and examine for ourselves the foundation of all possible human experience, before we are in a position to criticise the buildings of the visionaries, the poets, and the saints. We must not begin to talk of the unreal world of these dreamers until we have discovered – if we can – a real world with which it may be compared.”

– Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

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