This is one of the foundations of my personal philosophy. It’s why I can’t fit into any political camp. I am looking at things from a different perspective than most people. I call my philosophy para-realism. The first part of my thesis is the article below.
One of the principals of para-realism is understanding reality in a new, fresh, unfiltered way. It is almost impossible for humans. But we have to try.
The way our mind works makes it extremely difficult to perceive reality clearly. Most of us are emotional beings. Our memories are tied to our emotion centers. So many of our perceptions are colored by feelings. And feelings get in the way of clear, rational thought. Without a clear mind we are often incapable of seeing with clarity as we seek to understand complex situations without some kind of bias or “editing” on our part. We tend to view the world the way we want to, even if we don’t like what we see.
But the truth is reality is independent of what we want it to be. It will exist long after we’re gone just as it existed since time began. There is more to it that our surroundings, there are things we can’t even see. But as humans were mostly concerned with our interactions with the world that we’ve made for ourselves. The people in our lives, the government, the society. Etc. Even then, we tend not to see those things with unclouded eyes.
This is because, depending on our mental and emotional development, we’ve trapped ourselves in what I like to call a layer of reality. Let me break it down for you.
Each layer of reality defines our advancement as a intellectual being, and as such defines our ability to see around us maturely. The human mind will control you if you don’t control it. You often act impulsively, drive on autopilot, do things without thinking because you trained yourself to do that or were trained. Many times we don’t even think about what we’re doing. This is when the mind controls you. But when you want to analyze a situation, you have to get completely out of that state. Your consciousness has to take full effect. Your awareness becomes amplified.
Here are the five layers of reality. I have conceived of a sixth and seventh layer, but they don’t concern us because they are beyond our current abilities.
1. The Child Layer: When you’re born and up until a certain age, your perception of reality is mostly emotional and open. You believe anything you are told. You see or imagine all kinds of things like monsters under the bed, imaginary friends. Your parents often tell you simplified answers to questions about the world and you believe them because they are like gods to you at that stage of your life. The child layer is the most basic layer of subjective reality. It is very emotion and fantasy driven.
2. Adolescent: You begin to think for yourself, to be obstinate. You discovered Santa Claus wasn’t real awhile ago and now question a lot of things you were told by your parents or society. This is the stage where your consciousness begins to really develop, but you are still naive and lacking a lot of important information. The ego at this age tends to go from extreme highs and lows as your emotions fluctuate with your developing hormones. Since a lot of people think their teen-aged years are a highlight of their life, many people see reality through the lens of this layer and switch back and forth with this and the next one. This is a very immature state of mind. It’s also very gullible. Because teens think they suddenly know the “truth” because they no longer believe the things they thought as a child. This is why so many teens think they know everything, when they in fact know very little. This is where many people form their earliest ideologies. Some take them to their grave, but many abandon them when they enter later stages of thought, if they do.
3. Adult: At this stage people are having to deal with a job, family and other facts of life a teen or child has little or no experience with. Because they’re forced to deal with reality more than the earlier stages, people who live in this state of mind often believe they now see reality clearly. They’re wrong. They are only seeing it better than they did before. People at the adult layer tend to form their life-long ideology here. Adults can be influenced by their emotions, but they’re not as easy to fool as the first two layers. However, they can be manipulated by telling them what they want to hear, by figuring out what their hot buttons are and playing to them. People at the adult level are often running scared. The two primal emotions people have is the desire to possess something and the fear of losing something. Adults go from one to the other. They focus on their families if they have one, their job, their wealth or lack of same. These are the things people in the adult layer tend to think about. Sometimes they go in and out of other layers. Usually the lower ones depending on their emotional state of being.
4. Rational: The Rational level is where people are able to step back from their emotions and instincts and look at a situation more dispassionately. A rational person can still maintain an ideology, but they are willing to listen to other ideas and not automatically discount of dismiss them. They do not immediately get emotional when they hear something they don’t like. Because they’re willing to try to understand things better. To see where someone is coming from. But rational people also have the tendency to rationalize. To construct a new reality in their minds, or “rationale” to explain things for themselves so they can go on believing what they want to believe. In other words, they are more capable of seeing reality than people in the other layers, but they have an inclination to create their own fictional frameworks rather than deal with something they don’t want to accept.
5: Para-Realist: A para-realist isn’t afraid of reality. A para-realist has to deal with it in order to understand it. Therefore, a para-realist cannot afford to subscribe to any ideology. They can have a set of principals and beliefs, but they have to be willing to change them if the information shows they were wrong. But, of course, they also have a high standard for proof because they understand that any information they get from other people is tainted by their agenda or perspective. They seek to see all forms of thought in order to glean the most objective view. A para-realist can have a point of view, but they must be able to back it up. By nature, a para-realist must be agnostic about everything because they must accept that they could be wrong. Therefore, they don’t believe in absolutes. Only the possibility of them.
Here is a chart of the layers. The lower down you go, the less you are able to see, thus the “view” becomes more restricted. Para-realists have the widest view humanly possible, but it is not limitless. There are other layers above 5 but they are mostly beyond human ken at this stage.
This is a simplified explanation of the layers. But I will explore them in more detail and why they matter in a later post.