It’s a philosophical position that, because “I” cannot feel your pain or see the world through “your” eyes, “I” and the only really real person, and the rest of you are all a complicated visual, aural and tactile illusion designed purely to give my life (positive or negative) meaning; or else that “you” do have some kind of independent existence, but only as unfeeling, unthinking automata that merely feign the appearance of thought and feelings more or less successfully.
As the only genuine living creature in the multiverse, the solipsist is supreme, almost godlke, although, ironically, often sees him/herself as a “victim” of these automata or illusions around them that only exist to thwart them.
Some time ago, talking to a physicist I know, he said that many physicists on the leading edge of physics where also on the leading edge of insanity.
And leading edge artists, writers, philosophers, indeed anyone “walking between the worlds” are also close to insanity. A good working definition of insanity is mental function not common to the majority of humankind.
In short, thinking predisposes people to being clinically insane.
It also occurs to me that we as a species have a species-wide solipsism that works rather as extreme racial prejudice works: because we do not speak Goat, or Cat, or Horse, or Emu languages, we assume therefore that they have no mental function (a core belief of solipsism), and therefore no feelings, and it is therefore all right to treat them far worse than we expect to be treated ourselves.
You only have to see a feral cat (whom I’m sure we would all wish dead) with their hindquarters mashed flat into the road by a large, heavy vehicle, their front paws convulsively clawing at the bitumen, their neck arched back, and their head screaming, to know that a bunch of inert, unfeeling cells is not what that feral cat is. It feels, just as you or I do. It may not think the same way, but it certainly has self-awareness, and it certainly feels. Its life may not be desirable, but a slow, torturous death is only acceptable to sadists and solipsists.
Which leads me to ask: is there a clinical relationship between sadists and/or killers, and solipsism? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. (If you exist).