Perceiving is probably the most important condition of being alive. It provides an awareness of the world and defines what we call reality by organizing and interpreting information gathered from the limited bend of perception from our senses.
The purpose of our senses has been evolutionary. Their goal has been to establish reality as something that happens to us. But what you perceive is not what is out there. There is no inherent value in the incredible complex patterns of light that fall into our eyes and yet we see coherent forms and motion that enable us to survive by distinguishing between a flower in a garden and a truck running towards us at full speed. If we realize that our sensory perceptions are all evolutionary tools and not the ultimate reality, then we can start seeing life as a whole and undivided totality of which we are an active part.
The ancient scriptures described the world as an illusion or maya because of the difference between what we perceive as real and what is real. Our Newtonian and Darwinian world views hinder us from perceiving a different paradigm. In the meantime, the implications of modern science discoveries are creeping into our mindset and our understanding of reality evolves.
Science has been trying to answer some of the questions raised by humans since time immemorial. As the Theoretical Physicist David Bohm said,”The attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today.”
Perhaps the mystics are right in stating that there is no inside Self separate from the outside world, but rather a seamless, intimate totality, always changing when viewed from the object perspective and never changing when viewed from the perspective of the totality. There is no outside world. There are no others. We are complex living systems that are a part of each other and a larger world we inhabit. The world is in me as much as I am in the world.
Is going to war human nature? Is this our natural state? There is no REAL human nature. Just a figure of speech to examine our current state. It’s kind of self-evident. Think about it. If all of this stuff, if all of the effort that is put in daily through the media, through everything we see in the news, everything we see through sports, constantly in advertising and everything that is pushed into our faces over and over again. If all of that wasn’t there would we be operating in the same way? Would be be stricken with fear? Would we constantly be seeing separation between everybody, judging people based on what they’re doing, wearing and how they’re acting?
All of this stuff is constantly needing to be there because if it wasn’t, we would go back into our natural state. We naturally would fall back to who we truly are. That’s why we see this happen so much. That’s why there is a huge level of effort to put in to keep all of this stuff sustained. If you look at the economy, if you look at the way the world functions, you will realize that it needs so much to stay sustained because it is completely against how we are and how we would function as ‘natural’ human beings.That’s why we’re seeing :
If it was gone, the world would be a completely different place. And that’s why there is so much fear ‘created’ around : “If the system drops what’s going to happen? They know that when it drops, the moment people aren’t affected by the system anymore is the moment that they will go back to their natural state and begin operating in a way that is cooperative, in a way that is community-based, where everybody is helping each-other out in moving forward.