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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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  • Aug 21 2013: Is the present only made up of what we call the present or is it made up of more? Someone already said that this topic reminded them of the race between Achilles and the hare/tortoise, broken down to smaller and smaller segments. Maybe that is kind of what it is, but we interpolate over them. Well, think about the act of reading, it must take place over time. We don't sound out words any more, once we can read proficiently, but we do only grasp one word at a time. We hold the gist of what we are reading as we read, and then we add parts we expect to be there. When we add those parts we test to see if we are right by keeping going and seeing if our additions work in the context, or if what we add did indeed appear. We glance over slight differences, but rethink over bigger ones. We ignore spelling or syntax errors as long as we can understand meaning.

    If you can consider it you will see that reality has a great bit of dependency upon our judgments. Our sense of right and wrong colors everything we perceive. Our knowledge of good and evil determines our reality, both for the individual and for the masses. Reading is not the only activity in which we judge. All of life is judgment. There is real truth in the statement, "Judge not lest ye be judged."
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      Aug 21 2013: OK Micah!

      You are pointing to another view of Reality. It makes sense although it escapes certain considerations I made on the subject.

      It is true, when we read we go "over time" piling letters into words, extracting meanings, etc.

      But the subject here is not exactly time,as I think time does not really exist. I am trying to find a timeless Reality which to me is the pure instant, where only one event occurs, constantly and eternally.
      If we take a simple second of "time" (which is really the distance covered by a moving needle in a watch) we can get deeper and deeper into that split instant from seconds, down to milliseconds, microseconds, nanoseconds, possibly in and endless division of "time".
      What I define as actual Reality is that split fraction, probably indivisible, but we are still needing to clearly define it.
      Curiously, our human consciousness dwells in IT. We cannot exist out of it. It is that nanosecond but divided into a zillion of smaller parts! No machine can really graphic it but we are constantly perceiving it, unless, we are immersed in DAILY DREAMS, which is the most common and natural state of man.
      • Aug 21 2013: I think you are referring to something scalar. I tend to think more relatively.
      • Aug 21 2013: The one thing that is outside of time, any concept of it, is the bend in space-time over which energy moves. The bend which defines gravity. The bend which is intrinsic to the atom. But what is bent in order to provide it, strings, energy, some aether, consciousness, nothing? Whatever it is the whole universe is made of it. The way you want to see it is scalar, I perceive, but my intuition says not to separate it from everything else. The atom is a system, one which encompasses the distance of the universe. We like to leave the atom at the shells, but it goes beyond that, as evidenced by gravity.

        If you want to find peace and quiet, that stillness, look there, in the kind of loop only the acceleration of a super nova can produce, or the furnace of a star, or the big bang. Those are the places where something comes from nothing. There, or in our thoughts.

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