A very real question

A very real question that has concerned thinkers over the ages is, what is the real? As questions go, this is one slippery eel of a question. People have speculated backwards and forwards about this across the centuries. People have even stood on their heads in the expectation that the increased blood flow to the head would bring about an answer to this riddle. Others have gone on crusades about it.
Now personally I have no wish to weigh into this whole argument. Frankly it’s a dangerous topic. However, some fellow whose name escapes me, once said that the real is never other than what it always is irrespective of how it might appear. Now this might be completely off the mark. Who am I to say? But what I can tell you is that as far as slippery eels go, that’s a particularly slippery eel of an answer.