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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %EXPERIENCE REALITY APPROACH ATTITUDES OBJECTIVE 900428 The way we experience reality depends upon how we approach reality. It depends upon which of our sense organs we pay most attention to, and which we choose to ignore most of the time. Blind people experience reality quite differently than people with healthy eyesight. If we chose to spend our lives with our eyes closed we would in a similar way experience reality quite differently than we do as normally seeing persons. While few people with healthy eyes live with them closed, many people do live with attitudes, assumptions and beliefs which filter out a major portion of the information which they might gather through sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. We may be unaware by virtue of ignoring certain mediums of communication most of the time, or by virtue of being highly selective regarding what messages we concentrate our attention upon. We may be out of touch with reality because we literally avoid touching. When we do attend to some sensory input the nature of our experiences depends greatly upon the attitudes, expectations, fears, hopes, aspirations, concepts, assumptions, convictions, and languages with which we attend to some sensory input. If we are compulsively objective in our attention we expect to encounter impersonal objects and do so; fearing to encounter personal and reflexive realities which we cannot understand, predict and control in objective ways. We thus encounter and understand an objective universe which is devoid of any essentially mysterious, spiritual and/or personal realities; because our relationships are dominated by compulsively objective attitudes and expectations. The objective reality which we experience is in part an echo of our expectations as we enter into relationships with others. Objective reality is in part our conception, conceived by the way in which we approach others; by what kinds of relationships we are willing to participate in. If we are unwilling to enter into reflexive (non- objective) relationships we live and die within an entirely non-personal reality which is external to us. We learn to understand, predict and control; but we find little meaning and personal satisfaction therein. Objective reality is realized in our consciousness of our relationships with realities from which we have distanced ourselves in order to view them objectively. In significant ways objective reality is our conception of our relationships with others. Compulsively objective people have a tendency to neglect to develop an integrative conception within which they themselves play a coherent role. This is because by the rules they have developed to govern their relationships, they must always be separated from that which they observe, so they cannot be self-observant in integrative ways; they cannot be reflexively reflective, for that is forbidden by taboos, collusions and their addiction to pure objective research. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================