Reality Hacking - An Introduction

created 2003-09-08 23:49:56

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Who Are You?

Most people don't stop and think about what makes them tick, where they've come from, what they've been through. It's hard enough to continually concentrate on the present moment in time, and the unhappened future generally takes precedent over the unchangeable past. It is far easier these days to try and work out what we want (the future - we desire something to happen), rather than why we want it (the present - we want it now, yet controlled by the past). We believe in religions or free will or any number of extraneous, unprovable points of view that try to give us some understanding of what it is to be a human being, and then we promptly accept it as given and carry on meandering through our short life.

To an extent, this is possibly fair enough. There are questions that must remain unanswered (although that is not to say we should not ask them, nor even attempt to answer them), limits on the scope of human thought, understanding and awareness. We cannot, for instance, hope to see in 5 dimensions. We cannot see what lies beyond death. There are questions that contribute to our humanity without us ever knowing what we fundamentally consist of.

But fortunately, we are complex beings. Our actions and our thoughts are guided by more than just physics and fabric. This is where experience and memory come in. By the time we are a small child, so much has happened to us that we have become an individual, we are molded in our own unique fashion, amd this process continues until we die. Along the way, we are prone to an uncountable number of influences, both physical and mental, each of which takes its toll on us and adds something to the mix that decides who we are at any particular instance of time.

Who Are We?

In addition to the individual being a composite of immeasurable complexity, it also serves a unique purpose as it interacts with its environment. As we contribute to other people's experience of the world, so they and the world itself contribute to ours. Indeed, the more we interact, and the greater the diversity of what we experience, the greater our own "internal" complexity becomes. We are, effectively, subjects of our own experience.

The vast majority of the world that we see today is "artificial", or at least at a higher level - it is born of mankind's activities rather than the naturistic force that brought our race into being. Proportionally, the forces that act upon us are vastly more man-made too, and this increases with our understanding of our own selves. We are partly actors, set upon making our impression on the things we see and sense. But we are also extremely malleable, and can often act without thought or awareness. We do, after all, still bear natural instincts for most of who we are.

What am I?

This section is a look into what makes us who we are. What the major influences in our lives are, and what we should do about it. Why is this important? Because I have hope in the individual. (Note this is differnet to free will. I will post something about this later.) I like to think that because we are so incredibly complex, we have a power over our own life that is unique amongst animals. And it is important from that to understand our position in accordance with ourself, and not get sidetracked by what other people want for us.


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