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Mike Aparicio

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What is Reality?

The concept of Reality is profusely used in posts, replies, comments and arguments. But the fundamental and strongest meaning of Reality seems very confusing and subject to multiple interpretations.
Is "reality" something to do with the past? Is there any reality in the future?
Our human nature, evidently equipped with a collection of senses, seems to be designed to operate in a timeless environment, where there is no past or future.
We can only see, hear, smell, touch and taste IN THE PRESENT.
If we consider the intellect a 6th sense we can only think in the present too!
The present, but the actual present is a very narrow point between what is called past (actually memory) and future (actually dreams).
Or is it we can call "present" part of the past or even worse, a segment of the future?
People, mostly intellectuals have a very diluted sense of the Present. Some speak of the "present years"; others of the "present centuries", which seems to be a total aberration of what the Present actually is!
The Present is OUR Moment of Power. We can only act in the Present.
Or is it any other way?
According to most psychology views, a person is suffering from some mental dysfunction in proportion with his or her separation from the actual, the real Present.
Certainly we can do NOTHING in the past. The same is true in the future.
Of course we can study the past, we can imagine about it, we can accept many fantasies about the past but we can do it all NOW!
Yes, we can make plans, we can speculate about the future, we can even predict it but we do it all NOW!
All those appreciations of time are illusory as the only time we have is NOW. Our NOW is permanent, never changing but always different!
We can't trap it as if we do we are holding to the past and getting out of focus from the actual Reality.
Can it be different?
Could it be there is something more REAL than the subtle, fast moving, always staying, never delayed, never going ahead PRESENT?
I am really interested

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  • Jul 30 2013: Hello Mike. I love your sentence "Our NOW is permanent, never changing but always different!" . Yes, we live in the present right now. But what makes me think of deeply is that time only goes forward not backward. I mean, we can memory and make pictures of the past but they are just stacks of memories. It is so great for ordinary people to get lesson from the past. In fact, the moment we are living is now. So we are too busy only to focus on current situation:)
    The future is kind of goal setting which makes human lives more flourish.
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      Jul 30 2013: Thank you Sophia!

      Your view on the subject is very sensible and of a very human nature.
      As long as we realize the NOW is the only Moment of Power, we can play with our particular memories of the past or future speculations and plans, but it is our responsibility to be focused in the Present to be able to do things right.
      Your view is quite a good view of Reality!

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