Tyrants Dictating What Reality Is
Destroying The Human Mind
Philosophy Overcomes Propaganda
Truth Conquers Ignorance
The Form Understanding
"Philosophical minds . . . are lovers of all true being . . . and will never intentionally receive into their mind falsehood, which they detest, and they will love the truth. . . The true lover of attaining understanding must from his earliest youth, as far as in him lies, desire all truth." |
In this essay, one of a series studying Platonic Forms, 1 we take the approach that humans overcome demonic terrestrial forces--such as falsehood--by understanding and realizing the Forms of Ultimate Reality. In all historic eras, humankind has ordered its life according to specific societal archetypes: patterns of behavior and objectives. When these elements become deranged and deadly--as at present--then we can overcome these destructive patterns of behavior only by understanding the true Form or Essence of these elements and instituting them in society.
If we examine the ordinary definition of truth, we discover its disparate meanings:
We begin our examination of ordinary truth by contrasting it to lies or falsehoods that we experience in our present world. We can legitimately call Donald Trump's campaign promises of "making America great again" a LIE! His creation of a fascist regime that is making America even worse for working class people proves he was lying!
- The body of real things, events, and facts: actuality
- The body of true statements and propositions
- Fidelity, constancy, sincerity in action, character, and utterance
- The state of being the case: fact
- Fidelity to an original or to a standard
- The property of being in accord with fact or reality
- The quality or property of keeping close to fact and avoiding distortion or misrepresentation
The issues can become clouded only if we allow the Trump junta propagandists to operate without challenge as Trump and his fascist entourage continue to spread lies. We must set the terms of discourse, not allowing the Trump indoctrinators to define the issues or the concepts. The terms we're investigating possess commonly acknowledged meanings:
1. To lie:
- To express an inaccurate or false statement
- To convey an untruth
- To make an untrue statement which may or may not be believed by the speaker
2. A lie:
- An untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker
- Something that misleads or deceives
- Something intended or serving to convey a falsehood
The Trump junta and its legion of falsifiers and deceivers (throughout the alt-right media world) make such statements as these:
The purpose of all these Trump junta obfuscations is to redefine his lies as the truth. The statements Trump made in his campaign speeches were untrue; there was no intention of improving the plight of working-class Americans. Trump lied and continues to lie.
- "I don't believe Trump lied."
- "A statement is not a lie if it was caused by incomplete or erroneous information."
- "Trump may have misspoke--but he didn't lie."
- "Trump didn't intend to deceive, so what he said wasn't a lie."
For the ordinary person, basically uninterested in truth, the supposed truth concerning human life is:
- Life's just one damn thing after another. 2
- Life's A Bitch (and then you die).
- The best things in life make you sweaty. 3
- There is no objective truth; each individual is the determiner of truth and value for himself.
- Whatever a society thinks useful, and establishes as the truth, really is the truth so long as the established order continues in power.
"The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Truth As Extra-Ordinary
"What is true and false in objects is judged by something in us which opposes the material body, and therefore is not subject to its laws. Above all, this something must not be subjected to the laws of growth and decay, for it bears truth within itself. Truth cannot have a yesterday and a tomorrow; it cannot be this on one occasion and that on another, as material things are. Hence truth in itself must be eternal. As the philosopher turns away from the transitory material world, and turns to truth, he approaches an eternal element, dwelling within him. If we immerse ourselves wholly in the spirit, then we live entirely in truth. The material world around us is no longer present in its material form only." |
In this essay, we're examining the extra-ordinary Reality and meaning of Truth:
- A transcendent elemental and spiritual reality
- An aspect of the eternal, supersensible, spiritual realm
- The language of the supersensible realm
- What the Deity and Higher Beings convey to you, and you know what they convey because you know the Truth.
- A mind-set; a person is either a truth-seeker or a falsehood-seeker.
- You must work to attain awareness and understanding of the Truth.
- "Unvarnished" and naked
- Like all negativities, falsehood depends on Truth; falsehood is a perversion, contradiction, or destruction of Truth.
"Goodness is the measure of evil; it is not because of stupidity that we know stupidity but because of intelligence, which makes recognition of this privation possible." Frithjof Schuon, Logic and Transcendence
Like all positive and worthwhile elements in human life, truth cannot be given to us, we must work to attain it. Even if we're fortunate enough to be told a truth, we must work to attain understanding of it; truth is not something that you can mindlessly memorize.
One of the extra-ordinary aspects of Truth is the Truth about human life:
- The Divine creates and sustains a world which provides precisely coordinated learning experiences transcendentally matched to our current needs and capabilities.
- The Divine has the power to take all human actions and use them to assist us in our evolution. Each person receives exactly the experiences from which they can best learn what they need for their personal evolution--and at the same time for the evolution of all humankind. The Divine does not create negative elements, those are created by human error and perfidy through the exercise of human freedom.
- We can only understand the True Meaning of human mortal existence and eternal being if we achieve consciousness in a Higher Reality than the ordinary reality of terrestrial, bodily awareness. With this Higher Consciousness we are able to commune with the Divine, with Higher Beings, and with Forms.
"The illusion from which we are seeking to extricate ourselves is not that constituted by the realm of space and time, but that which comes from failing to know that realm from the standpoint of a higher vision. We are at length restored to consciousness by awakening in a real universe, the universe created by the One Mind as opposed to that perversion of it which has been created by our egocentric selves. We then see the visible world as the expression of the immanental life of God, the Divine in manifestation. In relating ourselves to it we live in that Presence subjectively in the depths of our mystical being. And in the properly integrated personality the two processes have become one."
Lawrence Hyde, The Nameless Faith, (1950)
We must recognize that the present political-economic-religious-social reality is merely a temporary scene in a vast drama being played out on Higher Reality's eternal stage, that humankind's experience within history is being used to bring about our spiritual evolution.
If the current mindless rulers delude themselves into believing that they control human life and human destiny, we're able to see through this chimera. We don't have to be taken in by their distortion of reality. We can retain our own humanness, our ability to understand and our capacity to care for one another even in the face of the prevailing dog-eat-dog capitalist ideology.
If you don't recognize that we're living in the time of a transcendent, spiritual struggle of Truth against devastation and falsehood, you're simply not awake enough to have much hope for survival. At this point in human history, we either overcome our deadly delusions and work to attain the spiritual power of discernment, or the human race may continue to descend into increasing barbarism and ultimate extinction.
"Imagine if you can a world in which truth is one general and something we will call blindness is the opposing general. These two simple factors one must choose between. There are no neutrals. We are frankly for or against and hold our positions by the force of the effort we put forth. The great struggle is not only to conquer our opposing forces, but to reclaim and form them into fighters for the truth."
Betty and Stewart Edward White, The Betty Book
Plato's Concept of the Two Worlds: Truth and Delusion
Plato spoke of two "worlds."
1. The world of Truth 2. The world of delusion and tyranny
All of Plato's writings are a kind of ongoing struggle against the world of delusion and tyranny and a championing of the world of Truth and Higher Reality. The participants in Plato's dialogues represent one or the other of these two worlds.
In The Commonwealth, Plato identified a genuine philosopher as "one whose heart is fixed on reality itself." It's clear that what he means by "reality" is not what we now take it to mean in ordinary thought.
"What is at issue is the conversion of the mind from the twilight of error to the Truth, that climb up into the real world which we shall call true philosophy."Plato speaks of "ordinary reality" as a "twilight world" and the higher world which only seekers of wisdom can discern, "the Truth," "the real world," or "true philosophy.""When the mind's eye rests on objects illuminated by truth and reality, it understands and comprehends them, and functions intelligently; but when it turns to the twilight world of change and decay, it can only form opinions, its vision is confused and its beliefs shifting, and it seems to lack intelligence."
To understand what Plato meant by the world of Truth and Reality, it's necessary to consider what he intends to convey through the concept of the "twilight world" of delusion, ignorance, and tyranny.
Most people assume that Plato is denigrating "ordinary reality" by saying that it participates in such qualities as change, mere opinion, and time. They think Plato is describing the "sensible world" by contrasting it to his "World of Forms"--which many identify as a realm of unreal ideas that are actually (as Aristotle claimed) mere generalizations and conceptualizations abstracted from "hard" realities such as shoes and ships and sealing wax.
We can only understand what Plato meant by "twilight world" if we think clearly about our current political-social situation. At present, we are faced with a demonic cabal which has created a false reality in which:
- They lie and make people believe it is the truth; they can "get away with murder"--do whatever they want to without any possibility of facing consequences.
- They proclaim the delusions of their diseased minds as the measure of human and social order, e.g. bringing democracy to Iraq.
- They manipulate most people's minds by controlling what ideas are disseminated--because they own the major communication outlets: TV, newspapers, publishing.
- They rig all presidential elections by selecting candidates for both the Republican and Democratic parties.
- As one cabal advisor said: "That's not the way the world really works anymore [reasoning to find the truth]. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality."
We must work with this conception of a "false reality" made to appear as the "true reality" to comprehend what Plato understood the world of untruth to be. For Plato, the deception, ignorance, and tyranny of a gang of fascist thugs such as the current capitalist cabal is precisely what he meant by "false reality."
We tend to think that Plato's conception of false reality as a "twilight world" involves only philosophical elements such as change, opinion, belief versus knowledge, and so on. When we look carefully at Plato's writings--considering the structure as well as the content of his dialogues and letters--it becomes clear that Plato's overarching intention was a continuing struggle against the false world of tyranny and ignorance, just as we are having to fight today against the counterfeit world of the demonic cabal.
We must continually keep in mind that Plato had already lost his dearest friend and teacher Socrates in the battle against the unrestrained oppressive power of Greek "mob democracy." This was not a dilletantish discussion or dainty debate; Plato's struggle against tyranny was a matter of life or death. He understood that he was battling against oppression in many forms to win the minds of young people who would be the future leaders.
Plato saw the philosophical shortcomings of the "ordinary world," but he also struggled against social, political, and cultural corruptions which were a part of that deranged world. His fight against tyranny is clearly seen, for example, in his Gorgias.
The world of delusion, ignorance, violence, and tyranny is so pervasive at present--has infected and deformed so many people's minds and souls--that most Americans don't even see it--or do anything about it even if they happen to notice it for a moment.
As I am writing this essay, Trump has recently sent American military units, totally without Congressional approval, into the Syrian conflict. Newspaper reporters and TV news anchors never expose such war crimes or register surprise or indignation that such crimes are being perpetrated. The basic premise of the newsprint and TV parts of the World of Untruth is that crime on the part of political or financial leaders is perfectly acceptable behavior.
Following the 2000 coup d'etat that allowed Bush II to seize power illegally, the 2004 election in which Karl Rove's Nazis rigged the votes and the vote counting, the 2008 election resulting in Obama the Con-Man being placed in the presidency, and the stealing of the 2016 election by Donand Trump, an entire "shadow world" has been systematically created in which lies are truths, crimes go entirely unnoticed, the destruction of Constitutional liberties is ongoing, men and women are sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to die for oil and cabal corporation profits, and working class Americans are ground into the dirt. People throughout the world have become so accustomed to and benumbed by this "shadow world" of ignorance, repression, and tyranny that they delusively believe it to be the only real world.
The essence of Plato's philosophy was an ongoing battle against exactly the same kind of twisted, unreal, counterfeit world that we presently face. Philosophy--the search for Wisdom and Truth--arises out of the resistance of the soul to its destruction by a perverted world. The situation Plato faced--and we now face--is the life-or-death of our very being."To be deceived or uninformed in the soul about True Being means that 'the lie itself' has taken possession of 'the highest part of himself' and steeped it into 'ignorance of the soul.'"
Plato, Gorgias (382a-b)
Not working to discover--and realize--the Truth and not having reasoned opinions about what is happening in the world is a way of being complicit in the tyranny that's going on.
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
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1 Previous studies of Platonic forms: 2 The statement of exasperation and resignation--"Life is just one damn thing after another,"-- has been attributed to the luminary Mark Twain, the aphorist Elbert Hubbard, and the journalist Frank Ward O'Malley. It was actually first stated by Eve in the Garden of Eden.
3 Edgar Allan Poe