In a previous post titled ‘Scales of Belief and Reality’ I made statements I have decided did not appropriately demonstrate the efficacy or desired intent of the terms used and definitions provided. I seek to improve my writing and rational discourse for the purposes of enlightenment and entertainment. Toward that end I will use in this post a basic structure and hopefully derive something relevant through a process I will only define as I go. My Ultimate Goal is to provide the reader with content that he/she may find informative or enlightening or entertaining or simply thought-provoking. As I am trying to improve my skills I can only hope I will be successful with at least 1 of the types of content listed. I confess that failure is a natural expectation for me, but I will try anyway.
The structure I will work from is under development but should be sufficient for the discussion. We begin with a couple of strict definitions of terms used to establish the structural relationships. Reality is the domain of all Truth. By this I mean to assert that Reality contains all truth that was, is, and can be found and there is literally nothing outside of Reality. Reality is referred to, by me, as the Master Absolute because, by definition there is nothing outside it to be a cause for an effect. This is logical and consistent with the well-known rule of cause and effect.
The second definition is Existence. Existence is understood easiest as a set made up of elements that I refer to as Existors. To keep to the rule of cause and effect we can infer that Reality was the source or cause that created Existence. The last component of this structure is termed the ‘Existence Boundary’ or the ‘Difference Barrier’. As Existence was an empty set when created, the boundary or barrier must also be a creation of Reality. To be consistent with it’s definition, Reality did not create anything new so Existence must be a subset that follows certain rules that constrain it’s access to the domain of truth. The manifest rules are termed ‘Minor Absolutes’ as they apply only to Existence and the elements contained therein. There are only three and they are defined or described as Multiplicity, Variation, and Time. Multiplicity and Variation are referred together as the Law of Uniqueness. This means that all elements of the Existence set will add to the Existence set when created and will always be different from every other Existor previously created and will always be different than any Existor created after it. Time is the engine of Existence and the driving force of change. Time has discernable properties that may be inferred from their effect. Time can only move forward and not back. If Time did not move forward then it would violate the additive property of the absolute of Multiplicity. To understand why this would occur, consider the requirements of a reversal of Time. It would have to reach a zero increment on it’s way. Which means that Time must stop before it changes direction. If Time stops then nothing can happen because no events or actions that would effect Existence can be created without a minimal interval that allows it. Even a single thought cannot exist without the passage of Time. The good news is, nothing in Existence with a consciousness would ever be able to conceive it.
Before we move on to Beliefs we must discuss Basics of Existors. I have indentified the two most common attributes that all Existors may have. They may be considered foundational in that they define required components necessary for the creation of all Existors. Every Existor must have at least one and may have two. These two are defined as Body and Mind. Other terms may be substituted for purposes of comprehension. Examples include Physical and Mental, Substance and Spiritual, Material and Immaterial. In any case, they have different characteristics depending on the Class and Type they belong to. To be brief we will use the Class of ‘Human’ and Type ‘Creator’ as our example of an Existor with specific properties. It obviously has both Body and Mind. As Type ‘Creator’ both components represent a domain of Existors that have or can create an Existor within each domain. The Existor with Mind Component can only create Existor of Class ‘Idea’. Examples of the Idea Class are Thoughts, Feelings, Motivations, Urges, Desires and Beliefs. So now we can discuss the Nature of Beliefs and their relation to Truth.
First of all, because of the Reality of the Existence Boundary there is no way for an Existor to access the domain of Truth. The result is that Truth cannot be known. Because of the complexity of the ‘Human’ Existor there are various degrees of each property that can establish a need to know ‘Truth’. In every such case the most a Human can do is establish an Approximate or Apparent Truth which is a variation of belief that can satisfy that need for Truth. Unfortunately for Humans who focus their consciousness inward towards the self, the problem of self-identity can be devastating to the overall health and well-being of the individual under consideration. The natural corrective approach is to create an Apparent Truth which is a belief that uses evidence provided by the tools commonly used such as logic, philosophy, medication or counseling. The level of confidence in the accuracy of evidence provided is boosted by virtue of the evidence being qualified by a reliable and consistent source, that it can be considered a trusted source.
Going through the levels of belief can help to understand what effects can occur at each level. A casual belief is a result of information introduced to the Existor that has little or no value. A casual belief has no urgency attached to it and unless re-enforced will be forgotten soon enough. A re-enforcement comes when the Existor gets additional information that supports the original casual belief. This information is known commonly as evidence. Depending on the individual ‘Threshold of Acceptance’ the amount of evidence necessary to cause a level change can vary wildly. Reaching the Threshold will shift the casual belief to an established belief which means that it is first stage actionable. It increases the probability the Existor will share the information. Any effects that can result will be dependent on the Existor that was shared with and his subsequent actions. At this level the act of sharing alone is commonly termed ‘Gossip’ which rarely has any serious effects. An established belief can be dis-lodged easily by a single contradiction from a sufficiently trusted source. Otherwise the established belief can become a verified established belief if the Existor receives enough evidence from a sufficiently trusted source. Such a belief is stage two actionable, indicating an increased probability of engagement with others over disagreements regarding the efficacy or accuracy of the evidence in question. These probabilities vary wildly and are totally dependent on the Existors reaction to the contested information. The last level is known as embedded verified established belief. The third stage actionable is capable of modifying an Existors behavior. For those Existors that have a sufficient number of embedded beliefs and are also self-focused, their collection of beliefs literally defines their identity. The degree of urgency will normally drive the severity of effect. But the urgency is modified by character traits, and the sources of urgency also alter the level of urgency, such as anxiety, depression, expectations, illegal drugs, etc. The desperate Existors may choose to rely on an approximate truth to satisfy the conditions related to the conflict at hand. An approximate truth is a manufactured truth that meets the needs of the embedded belief by offering up a contradiction that creates sufficient doubt about an embedded belief that the urgency is sufficiently reduced to provide a degree of relief.
A positive approach is an approximate truth that can be manufactured to lower doubts about an embedded belief by providing re-enforcement in the form of self-evident truth that satisfies a sufficient degree of evidence to reduce the level of urgency about the concerning belief in question.
In conclusion, a belief is not truth, but an Apparent Truth is as close as an Existor will ever get. An advantage of Apparent Truth is the systematic tools available to easily provide qualified evidence for support or qualified contradictions with greater confidence in consistency of effects.