Everything is a MindJanuary 1, 2020
Yes! and No! is our answer. The Kybalion
The previous post talked about ideas and feelings as making up experience. But what about the experiencer or the mind that experiences those ideas and feelings?
For the Experiencer to actually experience the infinite combination of ideas and feelings, It needs a container for them. This metaphysical container or arena is called a mind which is designed to hold and process Its Own ideas and feelings, which are collectively called ‘perceptions’.
Thus, an experiencer has two parts:
- mind as the container for experiences
- consciousness as the perceiver of that container
Minds are then classified into two:
- A mind that can do its own actions or expressions is called a ’living thing’ by humans
- A mind that cannot express nor act is called a ’non-living thing'
‘Life’ therefore is an expressive mind that inhabits a physical body. A ‘soul’, then, is such a mind that exists independent of a body.
A ‘virus’ is in-between a non-living idea and a living or expressive mind, that manifests as DNA or RNA. It has to use living things to spread itself as its means of expression or action.
From the viewpoint of the Creator, the DNA of viruses and bacteria are simple ideas, while the souls of humans and cats are complex ideas. But from the viewpoint of viruses and bacteria, they themselves are minds, just as cats and dogs are see themselves as minds (cause) and not as ideas (effect). Likewise, we see ourselves as the cause of our own actions instead of being the effect of the Creator (working through us).
This independence of the minds of bacteria, cats, dogs, and humans from each other then implies that they have their own innate and unique expressions and experiences different from those of others. Otherwise, they would just be one entity and not separate entities.
This innate uniqeness to experience and express Existence is an identity’s dharma or tao. Socrates calls this as a thing’s ‘True Nature’*.
*The English word ‘Nature’ is ambiguous and so we use ‘Dharma’ instead to specify the True Nature passively, and Tao to specify It actively
Morality is Always Relative
Good and evil then is how this need is protected or destroyed. Thus, morality, or the perception of good and bad, depends on two things:
- the nature of object
- the nature of the experiencers of the object
This is why morality is always relative and changing. One society might feel that it is moral to be liberal, while another will feel that liberality is immoral and that conservatism is moral.
Our solution to differences in moral standards is to get as many feelings as possible and then get the lowest-common-denominator-feeling that can serve as the base of a universal moral system.