How You Can Find The True Nature Of Reality Through Ecopsychology

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Rocks and stones can break your bones, but so can words and deeds, Photo by Christyl Rivers

What is the nature of reality? Clearly, some things you can touch are real. That bridge. This stone. That cat. Or, our POTUS. For better or worse, President Donald J. Trump, can touch you, too.

Some ideas are real. Ideas like love. Like beauty. Like learning. Like family. And sadly, like hatred. These are not tangible objects, but we can see effects of them by the evidence; just as we see branches and hear them rattle, thereby, we know the wind is real. Looking deeply into Nature (Einstein) helps one truly find the nature of the real.

But there are many things and occurrences that happen in your everyday life that are NOT real. You can touch money, for example, but the idea of money is based solely on agreement by society, and not any actual value money has, except perhaps, maybe in it’s metal or fabric content.

Religion, being fluid and ever-changing, is also not real in the sense of something factual to hold on too. The same is true with nations, racial and gender fluidity, and borders.

When we speak of ideals, we are usually not speaking about reality. When we go online, we certainly see the interaction and commerce of tangible things, but there are an even greater number of non-reality things out there. Take fake news. It has become such a scandal and distraction, that people readily abandon their common sense to believe in both non-real heroes, and non-real villains. This divides more than it creates harmony, so finding fact-based reality matters more than ever before in the here and now.

Words like “fake news, rape culture, witch hunt, culture wars, identity politics, post-racism, or post-sexism.” These are ideas. We have infused them with confusing, conflicting and non-reality-based substance. Truth is dangerous, but ultimately it wins because it is based on fact and reality, and not just concepts that change meanings, and behavior, over time.

There is an easy, albeit not 100% accurate, way to test what is real when you form your ideas and make your political, mental, physical and spiritual choices. Decisions matter, because living in the actual world, connected once again as human animals to clean air, water, food and biodiversity (things that exist, and incidentally, sustain REAL life) is an ecopsychology idea whose time has come.

Here is the test, ask yourself the following questions when confronted by a concept that clearly people disagree upon. Let’s take the phrase “witch hunt.” Are there actual witches? Do these witches have anything to do with false allegations? Does a witch hunt mean a real human being is being tortured, imprisoned, starved, hung or burned at the stake? Does the more modern meaning of witch hunt still translate to false persecution effectively? Does repeating something often enough allow a concept to gain or lose effective power to convey the truth? Finally, ask yourself who benefits or loses for the use of this phrase?

All human beings have confirmation bias but knowing that you do will help you comprehend motives, threats, use of emotion and rationality and vice versa. Examine the nature of any concept with these kinds of questions, to reveal whether it is truth-based or subject to confirmation bias.

What about a phrase like ‘high tech lynching’? It was used infamously in the sexual harassment case of Anita Hill and Justice Clarence Thomas. But asking yourself the correct questions about reality and facts reveals that perhaps it was Anita Hill, (whose actual family was threatened by actual lynching) who was being falsely portrayed as ‘uppity’ by a black man who held more authority than her. Many people speculate that in these #MeToo times, Ms. Hill would have been believed, and history would be changed significantly.

Finding the true nature of reality matters more than ever before. We are confronted with enormous challenges that science, technology and determination alone cannot surmount. We can use these tools, however, to help determine whether every concept and every label is accurate, or not.

To taste reality, go find real (not processed) food, real air and water, real dazzling night skies and real ecosystems that calm and heal your mind and body. Hunt and/or butcher actual livestock rather than shrink wrapped, neat parcels of meat, or ask honest, logical questions about veganism. See if you are connected by the buttons on your clothing to cotton fields, and warehouse workers. Find a tree and recognize where your wood desk or pencil came from. Try to pluck one thread and see whether it connects to all the others.

Ask ,are we “One” or are we alienated, solo actors?

Most people who honestly, and thoroughly examine things, especially those things that are hard to look at, find the truth is out there. Immersion allows us to look more deeply into nature’s laws, wherein, the true test of all existence is objectively REAL.

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Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.

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