Reality is Believing

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Aphorism on how reality is what is believed.

Submitted: July 16, 2016

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Freedom, it can be determined, the idea of it -- and based on the merits of it being an idea -- is a belief. It is not a given for the concept of freedom to be understood by any people who are not themselves palpably accustomed to knowing what it is not.  Those who do understand it (insofar, at least) contain this understanding for reasons particular to themselves -- that which appeals to their distaste as a result of individual circumstances. Thus, the individual hates what seems threatening to his or her personal freedom, which the threatened will ultimately defend if the imposing threat appears dangerous and immediate.  But not all have grown to truly understand what it is that has kept the United States free (or freer) till this point, and not all know that it is becoming dangerously less free. To most people in America freedom is taken to be something natural. People do not realize that without a potent mixture of imperialism, idealism and corporatism, there is no freedom -- or what is perceived to be freedom. Whatever was intended by this country's founders is no longer valuable to a people who have forgotten what their or the Constitution's overall message is -- and who outwardly regard history as being that of "useless information." It is fair, therefore, to say -- as Friedrich Nietzsche said of God in the Parable of the Madman -- that freedom is dead, and it remains dead because we do not believe in it.  A belief requires thought and the discipline to exercise it -- which most are not pragmatic enough to observe as being essential. People, en masse, do not recognize the historical reenactment we are ourselves conditioning presently -- the "eternal recurrence" of the slaughtering of our convictions in order to beget the livelihood of despotic security.  Europe, as Nietzsche proclaimed through the figure of the Madman, was on the verge of housing a chaotic age to fill the void of God -- which proved to be true in the early 20th century. The reason for this was that people, on a large scale, had no understanding that their once devout piety and belief in God was actually the moral design of their own European culture -- and that its undoing would be theirs as well.  And for all of this, then, it can be said in summation: "How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe the blood off us?" -Friedrich Nietzsche.


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