The Awful Burden of the Unsolved Riddles of Existence

Riddles are a good way to pass the time, and can get one thinking about things they might not have thought of before, like can you doubt that you exist? Is it possible to lie to yourself? Can you think of nothing at all? There are many different types and levels of riddles. These are some of the more thought-provoking ones, and different people will have different answers to them. Some riddles don’t have an answer at all and are unsolved. Unsolved riddles can be somewhat of a burden, especially if they question the reality of the world around us and everything we think we understand.¬†They are made to make one think outside the box and some unsolved riddles of existence and others like them can make one think differently than they usually would have.

An example of an unsolved riddle is if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? There is no way possible to find the answer. If someone is around the tree, they would hear it fall. But if no one was there to hear the sound made by the falling tree, does it make any sound at all? The obvious answer would be yes, it does make a sound, but there is really no evidence to prove that. Even if one put a recording device by a tree that was about to fall and went out of earshot of the tree, it wouldn’t be valid evidence because there will be someone that was going to hear the falling tree. I don’t know if the tree would make a sound. If there is no sound, I wouldn’t be very surprised, because there is literally no way to prove that it does. As you can see, this is an unsolved question and will be unsolved for a very long time, if not forever.

Can something that is logical ever not make sense?” Another unsolved question that sits in the mind until an answer has been chosen, whether right, wrong, or debatable. I’m sure numerous people have said “yes, it can” and countless others have said “no it can’t”, but who is right? Even if one sees from the opposing side’s view, can one ever come up with an answer? On one hand, people believe that if a situation or question can be explained by using logic, it will make sense. On the other hand, sometimes things that logic can explain don’t make sense to us. For example, I don’t like super sweet treats. If I’m eating cake and ice cream, and the cake is really sweet, I need something to make it less sweet. If I eat a bit of the ice cream after I have a bite of my piece of cake, it is less sweet.¬† Logically, that shouldn’t happen because ice cream is also sweet. A lot of people don’t agree with me, including logic, but it makes sense to me. I think it’s something about the coldness of the ice cream that contrasts the sweetness of the cake. The point is, my answer to this question is yes, it is possible for something to make sense without logic deeming it so, but others will think I am wrong.

I often wonder about how humans perceive color. Everyone knows the colors, what they look like and what they’re called. If two people were asked what color the sky was, they would say it is blue. They would be correct, but what if they saw actually saw two different colors. What if people saw colors differently. What if, when multiple people looked at the sky, they saw different colors. They all know the sky is blue, but what if one person sees yellow and someone else sees green, but they have been taught that it is called blue. When someone is first learning the colors and someone points at the sky and calls it blue, that is what they will call blue from then on. When I see green someone else might be seeing what I know to be orange, but they call it green. There isn’t a way of knowing if everyone perceives colors the same. Describing the colors wouldn’t work because if all the colors are different, the words used to describe colors like light, dark, vibrant, or pale will not be reliable either. If everyone sees the colors mixed up, who’s to say that people see colors that someone else will never see. There might be other colors that some people have never even dreamed of. The only way to find out if this is true is if it was possible for someone to go into another’s mind and see the world how the other person sees it. That isn’t possible though, with today’s level of technology. I don’t know whether it will ever be possible, seeing as the answer to this question isn’t a particularly important one.

There will always be unsolved riddles of the world, they might be the same ones people think about today, there may be new riddles people come up with. Everyone will have different opinions about them and what the correct answer is. I really enjoy trying to figure out the answer to riddles. I have learned some really cool riddles that aren’t very easy to figure out. They can pass the time and help one learn to think in new ways, even though the more thought-provoking ones can be a slight burden.


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