Following my descent into coma I have considered the effects thereof questioning nothingness. I now think of reality in different terms, perhaps everything is derived from consciousness. They say in quantum that matter requires consciousness to exist, perception to actualise a state. There is a school of thought that suggests all things including matter are derived from consciousness. Monist theory appeals to a coma victim, what exists without consciousness? And to what ends do we try to understand the universe if not for consciousness itself? I have become a Monist, matter is the friction of thought.
Quoting Sartre “Life has no meaning a priori. Before you come alive, life is nothing; it’s up to you to give it a meaning”. Indeed we are conscious, giving meaning. Monists go one step further, there is no external world upon which to assign meaning, rather matter too is a representation of consciousness.