Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth. There is no spoon. Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
Spoon Boy, The Matrix (1999)
This is still one of my favorite scenes in a movie. What is the nature of reality probably is my most favorite topic for several reasons. First, the ideas about it are diverse and often reflective of the philosopher more so than reality itself. Second, because there are so many ideas there are many books dabbling into the concept from physics, psychology, evolutional biology, philosophy, metaphycis, mythology, and religion. Third, us trying to understand reality is like an ant trying to understand the lawn. Fourth, because all this above our heads, we try to simplify the concept to a metaphor which by simplification loses part of the concepts.