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Needs, Reality

The main reason for establishing a reality is need. As humans, we require water, food, and shelter to survive. We could exist in a state of innocence, completely ignoring actuality, but this would kill us. Eventually, eyes must open as the craving for food and water set in. Squinting into the cacophony of actuality, we first start to shape a reality. We learn how to organize our sense perceptions, where to get food and water, how to clothe and shelter ourselves against the elements, and ways to protect ourselves against those who prey on us. Once a model has been formed that consistently provides us with the important things, many of us are satisfied. A hunter, knowing how to reliably provide for himself, can be satisfied with his reality. Taking only needs into account, a hunterís reality is finite. It does not seek to extend itself past that which is necessary. Desire for wisdom, beauty, meaning, and an explanation for what happens after death will later become the hunter's basis for looking deeper into actuality in order to widen his reality.

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