Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Life v Reality: The basis of all philosophy and religion

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There is a natural, inbuilt, spontaneous knowledge of the nature of the world: that the world consists of Life and Reality.

Life is this world: the world of change, of growth and decay and transformation.

Reality is another and less obvious world: eternal and unchanging and the source of knowledge.

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From this metaphysic of Life and Reality; arise all questions, all philosophy and all religions.

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Questions such as the relation between Life and Reality: why are things set-up this way?

What things are eternal and changeless, what are ephemeral?

Why don't Life and Reality coincide? Or, if they do, why is this not obvious - why is the relationship not spontaneously felt?

What can Life know of Reality, and how?

What is Life for?

And so on.

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It is the denial of this knowledge of Life and Reality - denial of the basis of all human thought - that has un-moored modernity and led to endemic insanity.

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For modern man, there is only Life and no Reality: Only change and no eternity: Reality is an illusion, there is no source of knowledge, there is no knowledge - there is only growth, decay and transformation.

To believe this is insane, because it makes no sense - worse, it violates sense. 

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Denying the basis of all philosophy and religion, modern man is unable to reason.

(This applies especially to the most educated intellectuals).

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