a reply to: Peeple
To my perspective, it is a bit like mind over matter but not quite in the way that saying is normally understood.
I think a good example would be moving a pencil. For us to move the pencil say, a foot to the right, we simply reach out, pick it up, move our arm,
and then set it down. A process that is easily seen as mundane or perhaps even meaningless.
Now, lets take the same example, but eliminate the sentient being. Completing the goal of moving that pencil becomes a completely different ballgame.
It can still be accomplished, but it will require an indirect influence. Meaning, the ground will need to shake, or the wind blow, etc. and the
chances of it moving exactly a foot are minimal (but possible).
I believe this simple example points to a relationship that is taken for granted. Its really something quite incredible in my mind. I also feel that
it is a relationship that we have only begun to explore, at best.
Then, as you began to talk about, our minds create a consistent interface with 'reality.' But, perhaps this consistent framework doesn't encompass our
full perception, much less reality as a whole. That opens up a lot of fascinating possibilities for who we are, who we can be, and what it means to be
It might even be that sentience (as we know it) evolves to perform nuanced, precise, focused tasks that are highly inefficient, or even impossible, to
accomplish any other way. If that is the case, we haven't even begun to understand our purpose or how to "responsibly" go about it all. Its so far
removed from the paradigms of nearly all narratives, spiritual or otherwise, that we could only start working towards it over the ensuing
I think the interesting and frustrating aspect is that our current paradigm isn't the most effective or efficient. If we use something like greed as
the motivating factor, our current methods of satiating it are far from the best. We seem more concerned with holding each other back than anything,
even if it means a lowered quality of life for everyone including the wealthiest.