I've been conjuring with the notion of so-called "world peace", which may be a fancy in a sense, but rather I'm referring to a sane, caring civilization. In other words "world love."
I've been comparing the mind (not the awareness, which I consider the perceptual medium, but rather "mind" as accumulated stuffs (believes, ideas, bents, philosophies, and so on)) to the holodeck from Star Trek (funny enough it seems like someone on the boards was thinking in the same terms.) Any who, I think one of the problems in having a legit discussion about world peace has to do with the problems that thought creates. "You are a foreigner and I am a native," this assertion disregards the intuitive obvious which is, yes, that may be the case, but we both have sprung from the same original source (which you could say is the Big Bang for the PMR-centric or consciousness for the NPMR-centric).
So we have this thought apparatus which is absolutely necessary, but it is being mismanaged in that there are these cultural, economic, religious, philosophical, scientific, etc. conflicts.
So it seems to come down to thought.
The other point is that thought is a simulation. It's more of a "could be" rather than an "is." Play with me for a moment. Think of a rock rolling up a hill. Ok. Go on...
Thanks. That was a simulation. FURTHERMORE, consider language. Reading itself is the sound of virtual reality. This voice that emerges while you read
is attempting to simulate the meaning that I have tried to lay out in these sentences. But in the end they're otherwise meaningless shapes...
Moving onto our cultural virtual realities (or human wrought virtual realities
) so many philosophical predispositions (both personal and cultural) begin with some kind of thought-based assumption ("Jesus is the son of God", folk wisdom, common sense, categorical imperatives, human nature, that's just the way it is, and so on). What do I mean? Let's say I wanted to make some kind of case regarding a nation-state. My first thought-based assumption would be that said nation-state is a "real" entity. However, such an entity is really little more than a convenient contrivance built upon equally conveniently contrived legalese. Thus, from the beginning my arguments origin is this kind of simulation.
Outside of fear and ego, it seems to me that the dreamworld of the mind remains an accomplice. Is it thought then, this simulated notion of how things are/supposed to be, is this what slows the process of lowering entropy? My mental furniture that I can't seem to get off of? The mental possessions I've accumulated; the others I covet and the palace I hide within--I feel this may be our situation...