Blog entry by Alan Chapman

by Alan Chapman - Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 8:03 AM
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mirrors


The purpose of this article is mainly to suggest that what seems real to us is mostly what we make in our heads. 


And this offers miraculous beautiful opportunities for us all.


1. Reality is what we sense it to be.

2. What we imagine and how we behave, individually and collectively, creates the human systems in which we live.     


What humanity fears determines its experiences.


Perhaps most fundamentally modern humans mostly fear death, and so human systems are mostly designed to ease these fears. 


People are like mirrors.


Each mirror is different, because each of us is different.


None of us is 'true'.


Because there is no absolute 'truth'.


We are each born with different genetic and chemical and electrical compositions.


From our birth, and actually from our conception, we all conditioned and our beliefs formed by our exposure to and processing of what we experience.


In simple ways this conditioning is by our parenting, our diet, the weather and environment (sunshine, heat and cold, countryside or city-living, or life by the sea), lifestyle, education and upbringing and our transition through different life-stages; each a sort of crisis and reconstruction; as we grow from child to teenager, to adult to parent, to grandparent, through work and careers, passions and romances, acquisitions and losses, travel, adventure, in our heads and in the physical world.


And through illness, injury, by luck or misjudgement, successes and failures.


Until we become aware that ultimately we all die sometime, and then on to whatever follows, if anything does, and whether death is what we fear and imagine it to be, because nobody ever came back to explain :) 


And all of this is different for each of us, and each of us tries to make sense of it all, when there is no reliable guidebook for how to live, nor especially how to understand who we are and what we are, nor even whether this is a question we could ask. 


And so we tend to go through life rather clueless about how to be and who we are.


And we tend to base who we are on what makes us feel comfortable according to the reflections we experience, rather than from any great personal analysis. 


And all that we see and sense from other people is reflections of similar confusions and beliefs.


Beliefs are not realities.  


Human systems are like many billions of mirrors  - of people - reflecting the beliefs we all have.


Most of these beliefs are conditioned by the legacies of people who died many years ago.


And their legacies (seemingly obviously to me) were unavoidably built on the beliefs and legacies of their own ancestors who died even longer ago.


Humanity tends to evolve according to the development and use of technologies.


Ask yourself: what enables these technologies?


Because it all needs inventing, developing, paying for, voting for, buying, and sustaining. 


The minerals do not leap out of the ground themselves and form themselves into microchips and machines.


We all enable this and we all pay for it and we all create the demand for it.


Not just electro-mechanical technologies.


Technologies of food production, entertainment and communications, transport and information, energy production, waste and recycling, and everything that surrounds us that humankind has created.


The are always some people who have more comfortable situations in relation to technology and lifestyle, and also where geographically they live. 


These easier life situations shift around the world as humanity evolves.


There is a historical correlation with 'empires' - as much as we can trust historical records, which is another series of beliefs.


Ask yourself: how do we really know what happened two-thousand years ago?


Who recorded this history?


Can it actually be validated?


And how might we validate anything nowadays that is outside of our direct experience?


Anyway, to modern times, I repeat...


The purpose of this article is mainly to suggest that what seems real to us is mostly what we make in our heads. 


And this offers miraculous beautiful opportunities for us all.


1. Reality is what we sense it to be.

2. What we imagine and how we behave, individually and collectively, creates the human systems in which we live.    


Some context for this, is that people in the 'developed' and comfortable world - many billions of people - have been forced to consider death - our own mortality and those we love - much more profoundly than for at least two generations.


Most people in the 'developed' and comfortable world who are alive today have never had to engage with death - our own mortality - as most people who could remember the Second World War (1939-45) have died.  


And so whatever is the truth of the Covid-19 pandemic, what matters now is the reality in people's heads individually and collectively, and the overcoming of the fear that has been shared by so many people and reflected throughout our human systems of billions of mirrors.


The opportunity now, and a new reality emerging, is how we might imagine a reality that is more loving than what we imagined and created before. 


What we want and imagine becomes our reality.



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