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is the Difference between Reality and Actuality?
is materialistic Reductionism
cannot be Spoken
to be right
Fact: What has really
happened or is the case; truth; reality: in fact rather than theory, the fact of the matter is; something known to have happened;
a truth known by actual experience or observation: scientists work with facts. Oxford
discerning eye and ear is needed in order to ascertain what is fact and what is merely theory, postulation, concept, commonly
agreed, belief, assumption, speculation, imagination, myth, wisdom, real or true. It is easy to see when one knows how to look.
Without having to interpret through one’s own belief system – an otherwise intelligent person is thus blind to the obvious –
all facts are self-evidently clear. Start with a fact – a verifiable, objective actuality – as the base. Use it as a
touch-stone to test the actuality of whatever ‘truth’ one suspects to be a belief. Separate out facts from fiction; find out
which part is demonstrably a fact. Anything else is fiction, an illusion.
Any belief is nonsensical. By its
very nature a belief is not factually true ... otherwise it would not need to be believed to be true. A fact is obvious; it is out
in the open, freely available for all to see as being true. To believe something to be true is to accept on trust that it is so. A
fact does not have to be accepted on trust – a fact is candidly so. A fact is patently true, manifestly clear. A fact is what is
ascertained sensately and thus demonstrably true. A fact has actual verity, whereas a belief requires synthetic credence. It is a
fact that I, as this body, am mortal. I will die in due course ... this heart will stop beating, these lungs will cease breathing,
this brain will quit thinking.
Herein lies the clue to ascertain why
this fancy has persisted: a feeling is not a fact.
Feelings have led
humankind astray for millennia, without ever being questioned as to whether they are the correct tool for determining the truth of
Feelings are held to be sacrosanct; they are given a
credibility they do not deserve. They are seen to be the final arbiter in a contentious issue: ‘It’s a gut-feeling’, or
‘My intuition is never wrong’, or ‘It feels right’, and so on. Thought, shackled by emotion and passion, can not operate
with the clarity it is capable of. Surely, to experience what is factual is of far greater import than any conclusion arrived at
by thought or feeling – no matter how highly refined the thought or fanatically felt the feeling.
To experience the factuality of the ending of
‘being’ whilst this body is still breathing is of the utmost importance, if one is to penetrate into the ‘Mystery of Life’
and discover the ultimate fulfilment ... here on earth. To come upon a fact, all that is fiction must be stripped away. All Sacred
Cows must be mercilessly exposed to the most extreme scrutiny, nothing or no-one being exempt from critical examination. Common
usage has blurred the distinction betwixt fact and belief so much so that anyone using sufficient sophistry can get away with
anything at all and still be considered wise these days.
Religious teaching brainwashes people into believing nonsense instead of
observing facts and actuality. For most people seeing a fact means betraying their belief ... thus they are rendered incapable of
seeing it. One of the ways of ascertaining whether a ‘truth’ is a belief or a fact is that a belief demands loyalty; you give
allegiance to it and to the group that espouses it. If you have more than one belief it causes difficulty, as your loyalties can
be torn apart. You can feel chaotic, not knowing which belief is ‘true’. It makes you very insecure ... at moments like that
you wish that there were one person who could tell you what to do and what not to do ... what to believe and what not to believe.
You desire some Big Daddy or Big Mummy to tell you what is ‘Right’ and what is ‘Wrong’.
people try to resolve their different beliefs through compromise. Two people, holding on to their own beliefs, will get into an
argument, a fight. They are separate. One is always trying to get the other to believe in their own belief through
manipulation and persuasion ... and by giving or withholding love. The one who is stronger, the most adept in this, wins the other
over. As neither can stand separation, they will grab any means to come together – even if this means mutual concessions, or the
swapping of one’s belief for the other’s. Seeing that both beliefs are irrelevant, by virtue of the fact that they are beliefs
anyway, they can dissolve completely. Then there is nothing to resolve, the problem itself is eliminated. Hence a permanent lack
of conflict. With the absence of belief there is no more power battles over whose belief is ‘Right’. Separation is no more ...
equity prevails. The result is actual intimacy between autonomous individuals.
Just because something is an
experience in common, it is not necessarily factual. If something is communally experienced it is said to be objective and it is
automatically implied to be true. If one is said to be objective it is taken as an accolade; whereas by being subjective, one is
said to be prone to bias, to error. If no-one was bold enough to say that the accepted ‘truth’ is a mistake, then the sun
would still be revolving around the earth! In the face of public opinion, one needs to be bold to question the collective wisdom
and find out for oneself the fact of the matter. One of the best ways of doing this is to see that something held to be true is
not working. Instead of vainly trying to make it work through intellectual dishonesty, one takes stock and applies lateral
thinking. One needs to be audacious to proceed where no-one has gone before – and trail-blazers are often castigated for their
effrontery. Fancy being ridiculed or ostracized for ascertaining the facticity of something ... for establishing a fact.
The criterion of a fact is that it
works, it produces results. An insight is seeing the fact. When one sees the fact there is action ... and this action is the
actualizing of the insight so that one’s personality is changed, irrevocably.
Please note that the text below was written by the feeling-being ‘Peter’ while ‘he’ lived in a
pragmatic (methodological), still-in-control/same-way-of-being Virtual Freedom before becoming actually free.
Peter: It may
be useful to look at how it is possible to ascertain what is fact and what is theory, postulation, concept, commonly agreed,
belief, assumption, psittacism, speculation, feeling, intuition, imagination, myth, wisdom, real or true.
The first step would be to at least
entertain the idea that the notion you have about something may not be factually correct. It would be good to put one’s
real-world and spiritual-world cynicism aside and crank up a bit of naïve curiosity at this stage, even if you have to pretend an
innocence, a not knowing when you ‘really do know’... To do so would be a blow to one’s pride and the way I dealt with that
was to turn it on its head and say that I would be really silly to continue believing something that was not factual. The next
obstacle is the moral and ethical stance I have – if I think it is ‘right’ or ‘good’ to believe this particular issue
then I will not even bother to investigate it. Again, I refused to let arbitrary moral or ethical judgements stand in the way of
wanting to know the facts for that would be silly and beneath my dignity as a supposedly intelligent, supposedly autonomous,
supposedly free human being.
I do see a few elements common to
any investigation –
What are my personal observations and experiences as opposed to my
feelings, intuition, wishes, instinctual reaction ...
What is the nature of the idea or concept being presented?
What other information is available and how much ‘airplay’ does it
Who is proposing and promulgating the idea or concept?
What are the motives of the people proposing and promulgating the idea
What is the core notion that this idea or concept is founded upon?
So, one cranks up a bit of naïve curiosity, clears
the decks of pride, morals and ethics and one is ready to take a clear-eyed look at the particular issue.
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