What is reality? Can we even use words to apply to it? If so, can there be any fixed understanding of reality? Can people be held to a common understanding of reality. Is your reality different from the reality of the person next to you? “That’s your ‘truth’ (reality), not mine.”
Reality is, to a degree, a concept – that is to say within the mind, and not always tangible. Can you always put your finger on reality? Sometimes, and other times, only in a figurative sense. Reality is or it isn’t. If it isn’t, then there is no cohesive construct for language, commerce, government, education, politics, morality, philosophy, medicine, food, principles, justice, thought; you name it; it ain’t! Without reality, there is no freedom, nor are there any boundaries. In another perspective, without reality, there is nothing but war, chaos, fear, violence, ignorance, and total depravity!
That’s all a bit of a scary thought – you might not even want to go out of your front door, if you even have a door, or are allowed to have a door, or haven’t had your door stolen from you along with the roof over your head. Now, when it comes to the meaning of words, some words are so fundamental to understanding and communication that you must use synonyms (words that are similar in meaning) to define or characterize the meaning and to develop understanding.
What words might be similar to the word reality? Ultimately, life must be reality in order to perceive it – there must be some kind of cognizance. How about facts and truth? Of course, we know the reality of life is that there are lies and liars out there also. So facts and truth just buttress the meaning of reality, but do not supplant it. Other words that buttress, but do not supplant the word reality would be; touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste, or put another way the five senses. There are other aspects to reality; thought, love, hatred, anger, joy, fear all of which have a sense about them, but they are not as tangible as the five senses, and yet everyone will tell you how “real” those things are to them. Thought follows life, and as Descartes (philosopher) said; “I think, therefore, I am.” That was his rationale for reality.
We can go beyond that to other realities which become a bit more esoteric (hard to understand). There is right, wrong, good, bad, just, unjust, righteous, evil etc. These are often seen differently in the eye of the beholder. Nonetheless, they have an aspect of reality tied to them. Possibly the best word having a synonymous quality to reality, is the word empirical (meaning able to be experienced)
Now, for argument’s sake, let’s assume that reality “is”. If reality, is, then is it requisite to experience it to know it? But, must we experience all things in order to know they are reality? Can we not learn by other people’s experiences? Do we all have to get burned, cut, hit by a car, be poisoned etc. in order to know the reality of the pain, discomfort and even death that would come from those kinds of experiences? That’s a rhetorical question (not expecting an answer).
It’s clear, that reality is not a clear cut and concise (short) definition. Most, if not all, will agree that reality exists. Few will agree on all aspects and applications of reality. Most will not agree on the non-tactile (can’t touch) senses and their interpretation. Can you feel love, anger etc. exactly the same way that someone else does? Can you even fully understand it from their perspective? No, because you are not them. These realities are quite individually perceived, and as such are a totally unique (personal one of a kind) reality.
One reality that is impossible to argue is that there are over 6 billion people on planet earth. Another reality is that managing, organizing and making a functional society out of all of these people is impossible. The world is broken down into multiple nations, and each nation has a culture that, in some cases, has functioned for millennia. They have different understandings of protocol, justice, morality, commerce, language and government. Now, there are some who would like to make for a world reality (government) so that the whole world would see but one reality.
What might that reality look like? Undoubtedly, it would have a very high degree of uniformity in order to make governing as easy and as inexpensive as possible. In order to achieve that reality, it will undoubtedly require eliminating any resistance to that unifying authority establishing this new reality. How will that be achieved? These same people have a solution for this. One solution is “reeducation”, or more commonly referred to as indoctrination. Those who submit to the reeducation and comply dutifully, will be accepted into the new reality. Those who resist must be eliminated (killed or segregated).
How do you kill the people who resist? War is an incredibly effective and fast way to accomplish that, but it does require the cooperation of some very key people – those who govern, and those who fight. If they resist, then what? Propaganda (mass communication indoctrination) can be effective. Peer pressure (social constructs within society) is another effective way using mass communications, education institutions, social organizations etc. What other ways might be used to achieve this new reality? Drugs are very effective in breaking down resistance – especially if the drugs offer 1) pleasure, and 2) addiction (difficult from which to withdraw). These realities surround us today – especially in America.
Now, the people pushing this new reality (often referred to as the New World Order) have been at it for multiple generations – some would say for millennia. Bible believing Christians would trace this new reality force back to the Garden of Eden. At that time, reality was God, and God was the Creator of the Heavens, Earth, Seas, and all that is under them. In short, everything was created by God including man in His image. That’s if you believe the Biblical account.
The story of the Garden of Eden takes a twist when Satan (no explanation of where he came from) tries to convince Eve that she should eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He denied the reality of God’s declaration that if she ate of that fruit, she would die, and instead, he created a new reality that she would be like God, and know good and evil. That story is the foundation for the corruption of man and the sins of the world’s system which causes so much trouble in the form of war, chaos, oppression, murder, lying, stealing, cheating, adultery, divorce, injustices, rape, pillaging and so on.
So, if reality “is”, then what should we do with it, and how should we see it? No man on the face of the earth has every come up with a satisfactory and widely accepted solution. For that matter, no group of men have come up with a solution. The only solution, which when tried has worked, is the Biblical method. The Bible is true, good for man, inerrant, reliable, faithful and just. Why? The God who created you says so.
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