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Action

So far I have described actuality and reality. But humans are not only perceivers. We do not simply observe actuality through our senses, thinking, and feelings, and stop there. We must act on what we observe. What is action?

We will now go on the next stage of our picture.

The arrows that connect reality to actuality are now much more dynamic, they go both ways.

I wrote earlier the first human Ė a being with no senses existing in a state of perfect innocence. Hunger suddenly comes upon him or her, and their eyes open to actuality. The human forms an initial reality based on his need to suppress his hunger. Now action comes into the argument. He must move into actuality and use his reality to satisfy his hunger. If he has perceived that the deer in the trees can satisfy and the deer can be killed with a large rock near his right hand, then the man must act on his reality. He must move his body and carry out a series of actions within actuality to achieve his reality. Reality leads to action which leads to manís survival, even though reality is never entirely correct since omniscience is only an ideal.

Actuality affects reality: this I have already noted. We sense actuality and make reality. This was the basis of the last 7000 or so words. Action, though, is based on reality. Therefore, the best realities, the ones based on the deepest insight into actuality, produce the most correct action. If we take the omniscient ideal, the perfect reality, and formulate action based on the omniscient perspective then whatever action is chosen will be the right one. If one knows everything, then how can one choose the wrong course of action?

The senses, mind, and body: The senses and the mind, combining both thinking and feeling, are the bodies receptors. They connect us to actuality through perception and allow us to create reality within ourselves. The rest of the body, the arms, hands, feet, mouth, genitalia have a different function: they connect us to actuality through action. Yes, they have their sensing component that help us build our realities. But their main role is action, not reception. The mind and the senses attain a reality, the other parts act on reality. A man sees a deer and arrives at a plan to kill the deer. He has shaped a reality. He uses his hand to pick up a rock, and his legs to get him in striking distance. Perception to reality, reality to action.

Reality affects actuality: Here things start to get confusing. Reality is based on actuality. Reality is acted on. Reality is brought into actuality. Now the next concept -actuality is changed by reality. Using the above example, a man shapes his reality Ė he sees the deer, a rock, and feels hunger. Having faith, he believes in his reality. He must, if not he will die. He acts. The rock is thrown, it glances off the deer and the deer escapes. Actuality has been changed, the deer is no longer in the same position, the rock has been thrown, and the man stands where the deer used to be. What has lead to this change? Action has. Action based on reality. What has lead to reality? Actuality as perceived by the senses. Actuality, through the process of being perceived by actors, changes actuality. A strange idea.

A changing actuality: Actuality changes through time via natural non-human causes, ie. The weather, seasons, the passage of time, age etc. The second cause of change is the one I described above, realityís affect on actuality. This is simply the human (or living) affect on actuality through reality based actions.

Correctness: The above example demonstrated error. The man failed and the deer escaped. Let us trace the reasons behind error. I wrote earlier that reality is based on perceived actuality. Our senses are not omniscient, they are finite and fallible. Therefore, they make mistakes and the realities we construct based on our senses contain the same errors. So the first explanation for error is an error filled reality. He made mistakes in the perception stage, the plan he came up with was insufficient and did not adequately model actuality because his senses came up short. Maybe the deer was further then he imagined. The second explanation for the error approaches the question from the other side: the error was not in the manís reality but in his action. Let us say the man is fairly intelligent and perceptive, and his constructed reality is accurate. He sees the deer and hatches the plan in his head, and the plan is a good one, it models actuality. Why then did he fail? He failed because his action was insufficient. Perhaps he stumbled and alerted the deer to his presence, or his aim was off and he hit the rump instead of the head. His senses did their part, so did his thinking. His reality was sufficient. The explanation for error lies in action.

Actuality formed by reality: All of us act. We must act in order to survive. Actuality is shaped by our actions. Sometimes our actions result in success, sometimes error. Irrespective, we always affect actuality. Our actions have consequences. It is odd that imperfection (which are realities are full of) affects perfection (actuality). Untruth changes truth. Reality affects actuality. The history of actuality is a history filled with the consequences of poor perception and imperfect-reality-based actions

The omniscient ideal: Lets bring the argument back to the omniscient ideal I postulated earlier. Someone with a perfect concept of reality has a true understanding of actuality. Therefore, given a situation such as the need to satisfy hunger, his grasp of how to act is perfect. He or she knows exactly what must be done in order to get what is necessary. Introduce action. The omniscient human has perfect senses, thinking, and feeling. But this person does not have perfect action. He or she may have concocted the best plan, but if this person lacks the ability to act then they will never achieve what they plan. Omniscience is useless without at least the tiniest ability to act. One must see the deer and plan a way to kill it, but if the ability to move the feet and the hands is lacking, the omniscient man will slowly starve. He will throw the rock and hit the rump, not killing the dear. If the omniscient man has some ability to act he will be able to move on his plan, and perhaps bring in the deer. I mentioned correctness and error. The error of the omniscient is never in perception of actuality, but always in action based on reality. If the deer escapes, it is not the manís reality at fault, but his inability to act on his reality.

We can now add an extra arrowhead.

Previously, our realities received from actuality. Now, with action, they create actuality.

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