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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

Topics: God time

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    Jul 28 2013: Folks in this conversation:

    I am sorry to notice many comments were deleted by his author, under the nickname John S.!

    In a sense it is a really bad action against my OP. I have treated John S. with courtesy and responded to his insisting comments with points of view only. In an actual conversation it is not possible to "erase or vanish" what we said to the participants. I cannot imagine how could we have a talk without remembering or knowing what the other parts said.

    I am going to suggest the System Manager to protect conversations against deletion, when a post has been answered properly. If that is not done, the conversation gets distorted and difficult to follow which is a lack of courtesy to other participants and a demonstration of bad manners.

    I am not going to delete my responses, because they contain interesting points of view to preserve as much as possible the integrity of this thread!

    Too bad John S.!!
    • Jul 30 2013: I agree. I feel a little loss every dang time I see that - especially when there are so many! Certainly there was something there to learn - if it was a mistake, then at least to see someone say "you're getting me all wrong," or an apology, is nice.
      People are so serious.
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        Jul 30 2013: Yes Steve!
        Some folks cannot understand Human diversity of thoughts and creeds.

        No one is holding the Absolute Truth and this conversation was open to ask for ideas and opinions and to express mine too.
        It is very delightful to exchange until a radical mind pops in. Then it can become funny if you have a sense of humor or plainly annoying when it is too much!
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      Jul 31 2013: Mike, on very rare occasions, someone violates the terms of use to a degree that causes TED administrators to delete an account. Even if such over-the-top behaviors did not happen in your thread, they may have happened in another thread.

      The administrators work hard to promote productive discourse and freeze or eliminate a participant very seldom and only after working with the party privately. I think I have seen this happen only three times, perhaps, since I have been here. Sometimes the offender is here using multiple pseudonyms, so it can look like lots of people disappear simultaneously when it is, in fact, one person.
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        Jul 31 2013: I understand.
        Thanks again Fritzie!

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