Reality is fixed, but too complex to be understood in its entirety. Myths on the other hand are are malleable, fluid, Struggling to make a whole out of fragments.
We glimpse the truth tinted by the lens of our own personal experience, Judging each other based upon averages and anecdotes. Hunting monsters in the noise.
Myths as beasts and beasts as saviors, We beg for protection from the killers in our midst. Our trust locked away, finding familiarity with old truths.
Fearing the unknown, we all struggle as the lone heroes in cruel tales, An understanding of the truth while not understanding truth. Struggling with eyes unfocused to see the image others claim to know so well.
But there is no Truth. Not to us. For even understanding truth requires trust. A trust that cannot be afforded in a world seeming so cruel.
“Storytelling” by Vintuitive is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Reality isn’t the latest news.
Reality isn’t the latest conspiracy theory.
Reality isn’t a set of statistics, graphs or charts.
Reality is what happens, not what we think about it. We are drive far more by narratives reinforced by past observations than observation of what is occurring.
That makes sense given that we are able to observe a tiny fraction of what exists, and generally fill in the gaps using our internalized narratives and those who we listen to.
Humans are a species of animals in the Great Ape family.
We are the product of evolution that started with the beginning of life, which begins when a world meets the requirements for achieving life.
Homo Sapiens are driven by instinctual behavior, which has led their survival since the start. As of the cognitive revolution, we’ve been able to expand beyond truth, and internalize epic narratives that we use to understand a much larger truth that is fractal in terms of it’s complexity.
History is full of different ways that humans have existed, and yet we see our personal realities as unchangeable and complete, instead of a tiny sliver of reality viewed through a self-reinforcing story.
We look at reality, pick out what seems to be a logical layer, and then apply a label to it which acts as an abstraction.
Money, which should be a convenient way of avoiding the troubles of bartering, can cause work stoppages when a society allows all of the money to be accumulated by individuals who do not care what their communities need.
We still call commerce “Capitalism” when it’s focused on a local community or on the richest investors on Wall Street. We even call it Capitalism when computers are placed at high cost in proximity to trading servers in order to gain millisecond advantages over other investors.
We put concepts over reality, and use them to justify what we observe, no matter how exploitative.
When you say that you believe in facts, what you are effectively saying is that “nothing I believe is untrue”. That is never correct because we are all imperfect and truth is fluid. Reality does not stand still for a moment.
You can minimize the untrue things you believe by questioning yourself. You can choose to hunt for embedded values within the facts, and narratives which are provably untrue or incomplete.
If you want to make sure you stay True, you need values to hold yourself up to. You need people to question you when you stray. And those values need to be continually reassessed.
Generally we prefer to find the evidence to demonstrate why someone else is wrong, even though we only truly have power over ourselves.
Which is how we trap ourselves on a path of lesser evils.