Reality and The Three Grand Illusions
According to Wikipedia, reality is the state of things as they actually exist, and in a broader sense, it means everything that is, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible.
The Short Version of this Page
We perceive our existence based upon our understanding of three fundament principals: the interactions of matter and energy in the medium of space and time according to how our physical senses and cognitive ability permit. We are so focused on this habitual way of accepting our experience as truly real, that we overlook obvious and glaring contradictions about this whole scenario.
Pistis: Reology, The Three Grand Illusions, and The Power to Choose - A Book About Reality, a new book this website is introducing, challenges you to examine these contradictions and realize for yourself what we think we know and accept as "fact" is in reality pure illusion instead. Actually, it is illusion perceiving illusion.
Our convictions dictate that our perceptions of matter and energy in space and time is absolute; they define our experience, ourselves, and everything there is that we must deal with. Yet these are not what we perceive them to be. The means by which we believe we have our very perceptive and conceptive ability is not what it seems either.
These then are The Three Grand Illusions: Our perceptive and cognitive ability, matter and energy, and space and time. We each posses the inherent ability to recognize these illusions because we each have direct evidence of them.
The Full Version
Reality. Everything that is, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. Such a definition covers it all.
Unfortunately, despite such a complete definition, it really doesn’t tell us anything specific. For example, while it includes us, the human species, it gives no clue to who we are, individually or collectively. It doesn’t tell us why we exist, or the real meaning for life. It doesn’t tell us why our experience appears to us as it does, or how it came to be, and why it is composed of such great diversity of form and events.
It gives no clue as to what birth and death really are. It doesn’t define basic attributes like perceptive reality, or what relationship actually exists between our perceptions and experience. It doesn’t even give us a definition of perception, yet our perceptions seem to be our only means to know experience. Still, we’ve defined reality as everything that is, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. What does this really mean?
How do we answer this question, and the countless others like them that have plagued us at least as long as man has had the ability to wonder? Why are we the only form that even has the ability to question? No other life forms display the slightest interest in questioning their existence and purpose for being. Only we wonder and seek to discover who, what, and why we are and the what and why for everything we perceive around us.
What is it that makes us so unique in all of creation? What is the source for this ability so inherent to our being that it drives us to not only wonder and question, but allows us to discover and create as well? The whole purpose of reality appears to exist exclusively for our benefit; the means to provide us with an object for our inquisitive, creative abilities.
From the earliest knowledge we have of humankind’s endeavors, we are always preoccupied with seeking what we do not have, and more of what we do, whether material possessions, desirable experience, or knowledge. These efforts are the source for all our vocations and every topic of interest we pursue. It is the reason for our mythologies, philosophies, arts, humanities, and sciences.
From generation to generation, despite all setbacks, we constantly expand our horizons, ever seeking to know more, achieve more, and discover the answers to those questions we crave to create. Why? What is it we really seek? And again, why do we even have this inherent compulsion to begin with? We seem to have this “built in” affinity to know all there is to know.
We devote our entire lives to achieving what we do not have, regardless of what we do have. To what end? When we die, we loose all we ever accomplished. We leave it here, while we move on, but to where? While it is our driving force, the purpose for our being cannot be in what we are able to accomplish in this life then. There must be another reason for us to exist and participate in this reality and it can only be in realizing what our source of being is in the first place. But this is something we do not pursue, except as an avocation in our religious, philosophical, and mythological musings.
We are too enamored with our objective and subjective uniqueness that we use to so intently focus on the physical aspects of our experience and what we can create there, that we ignore what is obvious. We choose instead to concentrate on the mysteries of what our physical senses detect and discover so we have the means to give ourselves gratification in the here and now of physical reality. This is an exercise in futility however, because, again, we do not keep what we achieve; we don’t get to take it with us upon death.
Even more illogical, there is no point in this life at which we have no more need to achieve. No matter how much we have, or how much we know, or how pleasurable our lives are, we always seek more. There is simply no end to it.
Our reason for being then cannot be for the purpose of creating perpetual dissatisfaction, despite how devoted we are to this goal. Our purpose must be in the discovery of our source. Only then can we achieve contentment, because only then will we be able to identify with the origin of everything that is and understand our roles within it.
What then is this source? Where do we derive our uniqueness from?
Science would have us believe it is all the result of our genetic evolution. Our ability to think and know and question and discover is the result of some transitional evolution we went through going from primordial slime to ape to man. The DNA we have that our chimp ancestry doesn’t is the source of our intellectual uniqueness. Religion takes exception to this view. From this perspective, our source and abilities were created intact. The only evolution allowed for here is our evolution of knowledge and how we employ it. Our Mythology and Philosophy seems to offer just about every other alternative that can be imagined. Which is right?
While we have acceptance for the credibility of religion and for science, as well as our philosophies, mythologies, and arts, and despite all the knowledge we have gained over the thousands of years we’ve been at this experience called living, we still have not come any closer to understanding and knowing the true nature of existence then our most ancient ancestors.
Certainly we have infinitely more knowledge then they had, but we still haven’t a clue to who we each are, why we are even here in the first place, and what meaning we have on this landscape we call life. We posses tremendous knowledge about the make up of matter, the workings of energy, and many of the processes that give life and existence function. Despite this however, we are still clueless about how all these came about; how and why they originated into being in the first place and what is their source.
Reality does in fact appear to be tailor made specifically for the human species, but does our failure to understand it in its total complexity and entirety mean it is unknowable? If it consists of everything that is, whether or not observable or comprehensible it would seem a foregone conclusion it must also be unknowable.
Reology says this is not true. Reology says that we in fact do have the knowledge and the means to discover the source and architecture of this "everything that is". The means for this recognition and discovery lies in evidence available to each of us, but is for the most part ignored. It can enable us to realize who we truly are, why we are participating in this experience, and what the ultimate purpose is for our being. It can be found in the fundamental aspects of existence.
There are three fundamental elements to everything we know; the interactions of matter and energy in the medium of space and time, all validated by us, the human element.
It should be self evident that space and time are fundamental, for it gives existence a place in which to reside and a means to progress, a means for continuation. Matter and energy also are self evident, for these comprise what fills reality’s space and uses time to form all the physical diversity that exists. As for us, the monkeys plus some DNA, we are fundamental because we are the only part of this reality that give creation recognition and meaning, as well as use it as a means to create newer versions of experience, versions that would be impossible to exist without us.
These then are the Three Grand Illusions; human perception and conception, matter and energy, and space and time. That these in fact are illusions of the grandest kind is the topic of the book being presented here.