In my spare time, I tried to reduce my understanding/perception of the universe to a level of fundamental reality of existence. To that extent, I came up with two conclusions which form a solid dichotomy. After a long period of time, I have discovered these two thoughts already have been developed and named(It is inevitable, I assume, as time has been around far longer than I seem to have been). While I had named them a relative and an absolute view, it seems the appropriate terms are solipsist and materialist views. Just for reference purposes, these are the wikipedia articles. On the solipsist side, my world is a dreamworld, and everyone else is quite possibly an illusion. This thinking results in me being the only true consciousness, and in fact, all reality to be a personal manifestation of such. Even time, space, and even the idea of mortality are possible, if not necessary, illusions. On the materialism side, everything operates on a causal, emergent manner, but inevitably all is a result of the basic interactions of an atomic level. The world becomes a machine, of which individual perceptions of self are illusions, when everything is simply a cog in the great mechanism of the universe. Anywho, I'm still deciding between them, which seems to be more true, although I believe I've gotten them down to a point where both are inherently undisprovable. In the end, a solipsist view would encourage a selfish way of living life, as all else is an illusion, whereas a materialist view would encourage a selfless way of life because the only reality is the universe and my personal gains are meaningless. So which is it? Is the universe an illusion and my consciousness real, or is my consciousness the illusion and the universe real?