So what do you believe? Look. I consider myself a realist, all right? But in philosophical terms, I’m what’s called ‘the pessimist’. I think human consciousness was a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self. This accretion of sensory experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody… when, in fact, everybody’s nobody.