Lost Between Illusion And Reality?

Aug 22, 2017 | | 6 comments

Do you know the difference between physical reality and fictional reality? Let’s find out: Does the United States exist as a physical reality? Is there a God that involves himself in the affairs of humans on this planet? Are there different races of human beings presently on earth? Is money a tangible reality? Do corporations actually exist? Is there an immaterial eternal “self” that is the real you? All of these are examples of human invented fictional realities, that we collectively believe to be true, but have no actual basis in physical reality itself. Their reality exists only in our belief in the stories we tell ourselves. The way to peace on earth and to ending suffering begins with understanding this crucial difference between what is self-evidently real and what we choose to believe as being real even without evidence*. Suffering exists because of our insistence upon fictions as a species upon this planet.

* Consider this – just because somebody said that somebody important said so doesn’t make it actually so, especially without any evidence to it being so. And the more fantastic the claim, the greater the need for evidence, for it’s more likely to be false.

Because of our shared belief in our collectively imagined realities, they exert a force through our behavior as a species. In turn, physical reality itself is affected and even changed by our actions. This is the power our accepted fictional realities have within this world. But, they are still imagined, still a fiction, never the less. This does not change, regardless how much we individually and collectively believe in them. For example, good and bad (some say “evil”) don’t actually exist. What brings about good and bad events in this world – and from this the ways we experience suffering as a species – is not from any perceived entity that is outside of us. Rather, we produce – individually and socially – our human experience of suffering, and this occurs through our persistence on mistaking our imagined realities for the physical reality itself. Thus, we act accordingly and suffering occurs, good and bad happens, and imaginary beings get blessed or blamed for our direct actions or inactions within this world. Knowing the difference between fiction and physical affords us the opportunity to question, to pause, and to observe – to know what really is in this moment and what is the unhealthy stresses of our belief.

“The history of humankind on this planet began 70,000 years ago, with our species’ Cognitive Revolution. In contrast, the earliest written myth about ourselves, human Sapiens, was penned to clay only a mere 3,600 years ago, during our Agricultural Revolution – the rise of nation city-states. Just think about that for a moment.” – Joseph T Farkasdi

#human #sapiens #abriefhistoryofhumankind
Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
#Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
#Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

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6 Responses

  1. When we don’t make a stand against hate, the atrocious intolerance and indifference of humanity blossoms forth.

    Those of the Jewish religious faith, those of Jewish ancestry – whether religious or not, those that defended Jewish people, those that were hated as much as Jews in Nazi German society (Gypsies, LGBT, political opponents) all suffered horribly at the hands of our human nature.

    Only we can stop ourselves. Hate will flourish so long as we fail to take action.

    Billy Joel dons Jewish star against Neo-Nazis
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/entertainment/billy-joel-yellow-star/index.html
    Billy Joel, whose parents are Jewish, wore the symbolic yellow stars on the front and back of his jacket while performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

  2. History is messy and complex. it is never simplistic. Humans and our history have to be understood in context – in the context of the time history is being made. Without this, we are given to demonizing and idealizing people and places incompletely, not honestly taking into account their full strengths and failings.

    For all his racist and rapist failings, Thomas Jefferson had the good sense *not* to include race as a condition of citizenship in the founding documents of this country. Most of the Founders who helped to create this republic were abolitionists and, in many of the newly formed states of the Union, black people were citizens. But, in order to create this “more perfect” self-governing Union, certain morally depraved compromises had to be made at this time in history with the slaving-owning states – for their Southern slave economy was the primary money source for the new Republic.

    The reality is that all the Founders stood against rule by monarchy and church, but some still clinged to the racist, oppressive economic practices of the South. The struggle over the humanity of blacks in America would eventually turn into an all out Civil War not that long after this nation’s founding. This would lead to rise of a new and more deplorable form of slavery for black people in the South in the form of deliberate unfair encarceration of blacks for state “convict leasing” programs. The to-prison pipeline for People of Color had been born as a response to the Confederate loss of the Civil War.

    The Civil War was an action the Southern states engaged in to create a separate constitutionally-enshrined “Christian” “slave-owning” nation directly below the (now smaller) United States of America. A Southern nation that specifically declares in its constitution that only white people have citizenship and that black people are slaves by (racially-determined) inheritance. Thankfully, the North won the Civil War! It’s important to learn our history as a nation, lest we continue to repeat the mistakes of our past.

    Discover What Our U.S. Founders Actually Believed
    http://www.aniyostsef.com/index/like-a-droplet-of-energy-water-we-each-individually-are/learn-what-u-s-founders-actually-believed/

    #ThomasJefferson #StatesRights #Confederate
    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

  3. History of this planet has recorded an interesting and concerning fact. When human Sapiens left Africa and began to spread (more like multiply) around this globe of land and oceans, not long after our arrival to areas new to our species most of the unique and plentiful mega-fauna and mega-flora of these freshly inhabited areas soon went extinct. Add to this the brother and sister human species of humankind that once cohabited this planet with us. In the history of our planet this record of the presence and migration of human Sapiens is very clear and incriminating. To anyone who thinks that humans have ever been peaceful and tolerant of difference, the facts of the ground show this simply to not be true ever in our history. We change things, we war, and we cause extinctions without regard for the future consequences.

    This is our nature as a primate species upon this planet. Long before we ever learned to build cities and write stories onto clay and papyrus, we human Sapiens have removed the diversity once on this planet to favor our domesticating agricultural/industrial goals. I wonder. If we were teaching each other the self-evident history of our presence and effect upon this planet – being honest about our impact, would we be so quick to make changes that drive other life and, possibly, ourselves closer and closer to extinction? Imagine if we had managed to have the wisdom in our early years as human Sapiens on this planet to not wipe out so many unique creatures, instead using our ingenious creativity by learning to live in balance with them, how magnificently amazing this world would presently still be?

    We in our times are missing out on so much, as we continue to war and destroy, and we’re not even aware of it. Our history as a species on this planet has not been adequately passed on. This is truly a shame, and is a testament to our human Sapiens nature. But the ground speaks and gives up its secrets. We are the most dangerous animal on this planet, and full of delusions about our importance in this world. Such self-importance won’t make much difference once we’ve driven ourselves into extinction, and most of what’s left of life that inhabits this earth with us. At best, we’ll be a fossil to study and wonder about – the ‘Extinction Ape’ of Earth’s historical past – assuming another species arises that has experienced a Cognitive Revolution and actually seeks to know and understand about us.

    #Human #Sapiens #ABriefHistoryOfHumankind

    Book Review: ‘Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve’
    http://www.zmescience.com/science/ian-morris-foragers-farmers-fossil/
    In broad lines, Morris looks at culture as a society’s way to adapt to sources of energy capture. The better adapted they become, the bigger the slice of available energy they can extract, and the better equipped they will be to displace other cultures — be them on the same developmental level or not. This process can have ramifications in seemingly unrelated ways we go about our lives.

    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

  4. A lesson to learn:

    When the scientists and government are both saying “evacuate” for your life, and you have the ability to do so, have a little imagination and trust and follow their directions. This “we couldn’t imagine it being this bad” and “those around us said don’t worry” never turns out right, now does it? It’s a predicted mess down South.

    #Texas #HurricaneHarvey #climatedenial

    Hurricane Harvey is pitching in to #maga and make America #inhisimage #inhislikeness .

  5. Nature pays no mind to our beliefs and absolute truths, responds not to our prayers for mercy and salvation, and is not affected the slightest by our intensely held thoughts about it. Instead, nature speaks to us in a directly physical way, by doing exactly what nature does, giving us ample time to predict (now with fair scientific accuracy) nature’s next move. The truth is that we respond to nature! Some respond with preemptive actions, for example warning and planning for decades of what is coming. Some respond with reactive actions, being selfless heros after (a preventable) disaster has occurred. But, sadly, most (still yet) respond with helpless inaction and pleas to imaginary beings for deliverance. We human Sapiens, for all our supposed “wisdom”, are our greatest source of suffering in this life.

    Don’t pray for #Houston, for nature has already taken it’s course. Instead, commit now to addressing man-made #ClimateChange, before more disasters like this happen!

    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

  6. We humans, all of us humans today, in all our varieties of looks and shapes, are human Sapiens. This is a scientific established fact. We have more in common with each other as humans, regardless how different we look from each other, than bonobos will ever have with chimpanzees. Bonobos and chimpanzees share 99.6% of their DNA between each other (0.4% difference), and they each share about 98.8% of their DNA with us human Sapiens (1.2% difference). In contrast, regardless how differently we human Sapiens look from each other, all of us humans living on this planet share about 99.9% of our DNA with each other (0.1% difference). This is statiscally so small a difference, that we are all as established demonstrable fact from the same original family. We can lie to ourselves all we want about how our shape and look differences say otherwise, but this is a lie we perpetuate, never the less. The idea of race and racial differences is a social construct only, whereas all humans living on this planet are the same species is an established fact of life.

    #NativeAmericanLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #ABriefHistoryOfHumankind
    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

    We can lie to ourselves all we want about how our shape and look differences say we are different, but this is a lie we perpetuate, never the less. The idea of race and racial differences is a social construct only, whereas all humans living on this planet are the same species is an established fact of life.

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