Distilling Reality from Fiction Everywhere in Everyday life by Everyman in 21th Century - a time-tested/eternal approach
Theoretical considerations: philosophy and practical/applied philosophy
by School of Self
What is Reality? Each epoch defines the term in a specific way; proper to its time. In order for us to make sense of the state of affairs we have now and we face today, we have to understand the whole history of this concept. Words carry meanings - once we “get” the meaning of a word, its essence, we can function in concepts, and we see immediately when words/labels are attached to the wrong concept.
All of philosophy is a footnote to Plato (And philosophy is the basis of the civilization, the foundation of the society from its inception and constitution). So we will try to understand first Plato’s view of the world. It is reported that Plato wrote that Reality has two realms: The World of Becoming and The World of Being. The World of Becoming is the physical world, what we see, the things seen, what appears to us in everyday life, perceived by our senses, eternally changing, unstable. The World of Being is the world of Forms, of ideas, of concepts of the mind, the things unseen, unchanging, changeless, eternal - and this Plato called the True Reality, making the World of Becoming a False Reality, or Fiction. For the purposes of this paper, I will call the World of Becoming the P World, and the World of Being the S World. Hence, we can also start to view the world-reality in two layers (a two-world order):
Then, 2,500 years ago:
Reality (in Plato’s sense): The S World: The True Reality; unseen; in the mind-psyche-Soul-Consciousness
Reality (in common parlance): The P World: The Fiction: the physical: what it appears to our senses, what we perceive, the world of phenomena, called Reality by the common Athenians.
So for Plato, The Real was the unchanging, the Soul, the ideas, the concepts of the mind, the S World; what he sensed was mere appearance, the P World.
For us, ordinary people, in 21st century, in common parlance, in everyday life, by dictionary definition, The Real is the P world (“True and actual; not imaginary, alleged, or ideal: real people, not ghosts”; or “not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory”), the reality is “The quality or state of being actual”; “That which exists objectively and in fact”, hence opposite to Plato’s view, more in accordance with the view of the common Athenians in Plato’s time.
Now, in 21st century:
Reality: The S World: Not Real; this is a potential World
Reality: The P World: Real; this is the actual world
(The same contradiction in the use of terms’ meanings applies also today to the use of 1. Form, which for Plato was in the S World level, but for us is in the P World level-that which is seen; 2. Phenomenon for Plato meant “appearance”, for us means something physical, true, perceivable; 3. Fact for us means something in the world P, but actually means something in the world S).
It is extremely important to understand, for ourselves, that these two layers, two Worlds, are with us in every moment: we live in a dual world (in Plato’s sense); and also very important is to understand that these two worlds are opposite, contradictory, reversed and mirror-image of each other: what is true in one World is untrue in the other, what is real in one World is unReal/Fiction in the other.
Before becoming aware of Plato's ideas, one might live in one world: the two layers are fused in one plane, and those who “do not see” (although they have eyes to see: Mark 8:18) might be confused and might function at one level - the level of the World of Becoming, they do not function in the World of Being (their oneness is not a reconciliation of the duality, but a confused, primordial state). It is the duty and the right of the Self-mind-psyche-Soul-Spirit-Consciousness to distill these two Worlds, and this is possible through “work on oneself”. Once this work is done and the Self functions, one can activate for oneself these two Worlds (and thus become a dual creature himself, as Socrates say in The Republic, Book VIII), and move between them (I call this “work through Self”) at will.
So, what is Reality? For the masses of men and women at large, who live in the World of Becoming (for them the One World), Reality is what it appears, Plato’s Fiction. For those who, through work on themselves (education) or in other ways (heritage), developed a certain level of being, and who start to separate the One World into Two, there is a choice: they can manifest in both Worlds, for them Reality means what it meant to Plato, Plato’s True Reality. Historically, there are “only a few” (Luke 13:23) people who are able to enter the World of Being (called later the Kingdom of Heaven). Those in The World P are “ignorant” in Plato’s sense or “sinners” under Christianity doctrine (time-tested Platonic ideas). Those who make efforts to work on themselves and to enter the S World are “wise” or “saved” (and today, the Savior is the Self). This Higher World is available to Everyman, Everyday, Everywhere, it is eternal and accessible.
We can say that a stick in the water is crooked because this is how it appears, but that is some application within the World P. But in order to access the World S, we need to develop the Self - within, and really work with concepts, not appearances: phronesis.
Summary: In this paper I presented the World of Reality (encompassing Plato’s Reality and Fiction, mixed together) today, through Plato’s perspective. One can function in this two-World concept only after one separated the Being within (called Self) - a long process of “initiation” into the Mysteries (Socrates estimates that this “crystallization” within happens after a Man starts losing his eyesight, hence after he is 40 years old). The reader is supposed to know everything: the internet is a quasi-free resource with vast libraries. After one finished the process of “know thyself” (in which one knows the Inner World of Man), one can distill the Outer World into its realms. The concept of two-Worlds was presented, as a first step toward reaching the Absolute Reality (through the many layers of realms between Reality and Fiction).
 Phainomai - I appear
 The Self is an entity which can be achieved through “work on thyself” up to the degree/level known as “know thyself”; the preparation is done at Esoteric Schools, where the student receives Teaching in form of instructions; some students use these instructions to educate the self - according to Eternal Laws - which ultimately will become the Self, when the inner world is illumed by the divine light and the Soul feels the Breath of God and starts to RESPIRO. At this level, “Man is a measure of all things”, as it was written at Temple of Delphi entrance.
 The observant reader might notice a contradiction in this paragraph, where was stated the “you cannot understand the above without the below, and the below without the above” (As above, so below). This paper is designed as a “whole”, and although each part reflects the same ideas, one can understand them only when he reads everything, many times.
 See above the discussion about Plato’s World of Form, and today’s World of Form.
 But it applies to any Court, for example http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/tr115.pdf
 Rudyard Kippling
 At the School of Self which functions in New York in the 21st century, I use the work of Thoth, Hermes, Aristotle, Iamblichus, Gurdjieff.
 The name is very telling: the human being is situated in the World of Being, not of Becoming, the journey of the Soul/Self was finished, the inner sun started to light the inner world
 The word "person" in legal terminology is perceived as a general word which normally includes in its scope a variety of entities other than human beings. See, e.g., 1 U.S.C. Sec. 1. [Church of Scientology v. U.S. Dept. of Justice][ 612 F.2d 417, 425 (1979)] http://supremelaw.org/decs/scientol/scientol.htm
 In a further paper, in which I will present Plato’s ideas in the medical world today, I will show how going to the hospital as an artificial person will get you exactly “the care you deserve” - and what care could you possibly deserve, when you represent yourself as a ghost, without a Soul, not a Being, just a shadow on some wall?