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[1] (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[2] 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[3], 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[4], The Real is the P world (“True and actual; not imaginary, alleged, or ideal: real people, not ghosts”; or “not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory”[5]), the reality[6] 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[7]).

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.

 

Phronesis

In order to fully understand the above, we have to see The S World functioning in all fields of human activity, Everywhere and Everyday. In this paper I will explain the simplest activity of all, how Plato’s ideas work in the law field, sometime in 21st century. At a later time I will expose these Eternal Ideas at work in various other fields: medicine, finance, commerce, contracts, education, religion, history and possibly any other field.

First I will show the perspective of an impartial observer (the Self[8]) and then I will show the intimate functioning of the distillation process. The words are telling, the ideas are self-evident, but one cannot fully understand the below[9] without a preserved solid foundation - the knowledge of the Worlds.

 

I will give a specific example: somewhere in the World, sometime in 21st century, some man is summoned to go to Court. He receives a Notice to Appear (for example Form[10] I-826[11]). And then a hearing is scheduled: the Court sends a Notice of Hearing and tells the man that “You may be represented in these proceedings by an attorney or other individual who is authorized and qualified to represent persons before the Court. If you wish to be represented, your attorney or representative must appear with you at the hearing prepared to proceed. You can request an earlier hearing in writing.”

 

For someone in the P World (the World of Becoming) everything happens in that one Reality (which Plato called Fiction - not the True Reality). A Notice to Appear is the equivalent of an arrest[12] and going to Court can easily end up with a “criminal” label. These Notices are a very serious thing and the man should either go to an attorney, or understand very well what Plato was talking about. Legal institutions in this World are part of our civilization, hence their ideology is a footnote to Plato. I mentioned above that the words are very telling, so I will read exactly what was written:

The man receives a Notice to Appear (which puts him - if he has eyes to see - within the World of Appearances); if he developed his Self and he is a Being, the P World is a Fiction to him. If he sees only One World, the P World is very Real to him - it is his choice. Then a hearing is scheduled, he receives Notice of Hearing. He will not be “seen”, only “heard”, so in Court’s eyes he is...a ghost (see definitions above). Hence the Court is Plato-compliant in meaning (that the Court can see, it is clear because they advise the man to put some things in writing, so the Court can read). The Court is right, he is wrong (from Plato’s point of view, which is our civilization). Then we read that the man will “appear” as a person (World P), which will not be presented (World S), but re-presented (World P) by an individual (World S) or attorney. And all this happens by the way of a “wish” of being represented. The legal language is very precise - it has to be, it fulfills a very important function in society, but is the duty of the Self (and also its birthright) to “know everything”. Through the “work on oneself” the man is already supposed to know everything about his heritage, his epoch, his civilization, he is supposed to have done some reading and know that there are two kinds of attorneys (because the Being lives in a dual world, everything is a duality: there are attorney-at-law and attorney-in-fact (hidden from sight): one is Real in Plato’s sense, one is unReal; for us, complying with the above definitions, Reality is the fact, hence everywhere you turn your head, you only see attorney-at-law, meaning Fiction). So the man will have a choice, in choosing an attorney, a Real one or one from the Fiction - with which most respondents end up, hence in Fiction. And even if he chooses a Real attorney, in fact, the Court is ready, already stated that will not “see” him, as this “representative” will “appear” in Court ready to proceed, not to be present and distill Reality from Fiction. We see that accessing the World of Being is not a simple task, but a long and arduous journey (Plato called this “the ascent of the soul” - working its way up from the bottom of the table - and it was beautifully revealed in The Republic and Symposium). At every step, from the arrest to execution, the defendant has the remedy within - the Self, but the “thing was hidden inside man[13]” so well, that it is almost inaccessible, although available - it was there since the beginning of times and will be there till the end of the world - as we know it.

 Now we came to the point where I will show the intimate functioning of the distillation process, and how one can consciously choose the World in which he wishes to function.

At every moment, in every place, every man has a choice, as in which World he wants to manifest: in the World of the things seen or unseen, the P World or the S World (I am using here Platonic Ideas, but these are Eternal Ideas, we can take any epoch of civilization and understand its meaning, and then one can find the Self: Shakespeare[14] wrote that “The world is a stage” - I would classify this as Fiction, and knowing that behind the stage there is a tremendous amount of activity - the things unseen are very Real to “one who lives a conscious life”, I can use that spiritual technology - the words are not important in the World of Being, but their essence is important, their meaning, the concepts are vital, not the appearance).

One of the universal laws - which must be obeyed by everyone - is that whoever creates a controversy, must bring to the table the remedy, the solution to the problem (otherwise the World would stop). In the Notice of Hearing, the key-words are “the individual has to come [...] prepared to proceed” - whatever this means: there is no definition for this, the Self has to provide the meaning. I say that “prepared to proceed” means to be competent, of sane mind, reasonable, a Real Man, in other words being a Being, you have to go there (at the frontier between Reality and Fiction, where there will be a trial) as a human being[15] [16], not a human.

And in this case from the law field, competent means contacting the director behind the scene, in chamber, possibly with a simple letter, explaining every contradiction, reconciling both Worlds, illustrating as many examples as one likes - such a simple letter can be one page or 700 pages, or even 70,000 pages - it is not important the length, but the content, its meaning, the Court will know immediately Who you are, if you are a Being (or an individual), a Man (or a Real Man), a human (even subhuman levels are possible and widespread): a male, a person (and of course, each level has two faces, a Real one and a Fictitious one, the Court distinguishes between a natural person and an artificial person: if the reader understands the first part of the paper, the names are very telling and will be easy to distinguish Reality from Fiction; if the reader lives in the World of Becoming, the artificial person will be the Real one!) and you will receive the sentence you deserve (and eternally, Beings go to the Kingdom of Heaven/Paradise - meaning case dismissed, record expunged, possibly Judge recuses himself; Men go to Purgatory and those in the World of Becoming go to the third place, where will be the “weeping and gnashing of the teeth”, and you will die “like a dog in the ditch”[17]).

 

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[18]. 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).

 


[1]              Whitehead

[3]               Phainomai - I appear

[4]               https://www.wordnik.com/words/real

[6]               https://www.wordnik.com/words/reality

[7]    Fact: from 1530 to 1630 meant “made up”, factitious http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=fact

[8]              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.

[9]              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.

[10]             See above the discussion about Plato’s World of Form, and today’s World of Form.

[11]             But it applies to any Court, for example http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/tr115.pdf

[13]             Rudyard Kippling

[14]             At the School of Self which functions in New York in the 21st century, I use the work of Thoth, Hermes, Aristotle, Iamblichus, Gurdjieff.

[15]            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

[16]         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     

[17]              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?

[18]             http://avalon.law.yale.edu/