The Nine Rings of Reality

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This was originally an Essay written in a two hour class session based upon the question: can you relate to Sisyphus' struggle? (the eternal struggle) I hope to edit and make additions to some lines of thought inquired in this piece.

Submitted: May 24, 2015

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"Reality is what you make of it." (Wilson; Coincidance) For all that surrounds us is commonly thought of as reality. Reality is a much deeper set, emotional and more than what can be perceived.  The story of Sisyphus' struggle can be empathized by anyone who can merely perceive.To fail and to get back up is to show heart and expose ones weaknesses as strengths. Real struggle comes with experience. To what degree can mankind measure existence? Within the excess of pleasure, the lack thereof, and during times of personal change man and woman struggle with forces that seem almost entirely out of their control. 

The excess of pleasure, Paradiso. Usually thought of as nirvanic and "perfect." Well the sad fact of life is that nothing is perfect. Most know the saying 'too much of a good thing is a bad thing.' For that reasons is this true? When one has had too much pleasure and has become accustomed to it, they become addicted. Addiction is not happiness, although it may feel so, it is a falsehood. The happiness only lasts as long as the pleasure continues, and pleasure cannot last forever; that is unless you up the amount of frequency of said pleasure. Excess pleasure dumbs down a persons senses and therefor dumbs down the entirity of the person. The become open to outside rule or other nefarious deeds. Why does one seek pleasure? Simply to fit into a social clique or mold of what it is to be human, or to numb the pain of the past. Seeking happiness is completely ordinary, but willing to reach it by any means necessary is self-destructive.

The lack of pleasure, Inferno. Even though one is in a state of mild to major depression much good comes in the form of knowledge. The struggle of deprression is rather apparant: days seem darker, isolation seems to surround the soul, nothing grabs one's attention, and everythinghas an unreal dulness to it. Depression, or the lack of pleasure, comes when one realized that the paradise they once experienced is no longer meaningful. The lack of pleasure makes one think about all the unknowns. Even if most of the unknowns shall remain unexplainable. However, when one experiences nothing but bliss they fail to think on their own. Thinking for oneslf is the secret to true understanding.Without some sort of inhibitor (bliss) the mind is free to wander. Depression and the excess of pleasure are both unhealthy lifestyles. Neither can be sustained for a long stretch of time without the said person going completely insane. Balance is the only way.

Quitting past lifestyles, Purgatorium. Doing so for the enhancement of body, mind and soul. At first depression sits in when a person realizes that their old way is over. The person looks back (hopefully) at their past and goes through a huge amount of self relfection. In this sometimes overwhelmingly painful self-reflection a person comes to terms with their past self and learns to face the demons of their past. Will power, the overcoming of pain whether it be emotional, physical, or spiritual. This key driving force is tested extensively through the process of quitting or major change. It is a struggle all within itself to try to overcome past thoughts, cravings, instincts, and realities. This struggle if successfully handles strengthens a persons resolve and grasp of reality. Coming to terms with reality or past realities is difficult. Not only must a person go through major change, but they must be subjected to all realities. The emotional realm which governs reality is put through trial; all emotions that one can possible think of are felt. As a persons emotions change and their grasp of reality is intesified many are thrown either into a state of depression or back into the life of excess pleasure. Neither of which is the correct path. How can one know if ther are on the correct path? Through trial and tribulation, sadly. When the mundane become more, the unkown realms become more fascinating and when one can look back at their own trials and smile in the face of dark times. Reality is a struggle it's just what make of it.

Pushing that reality rock to the top of a never-ending hill; one must know when to quit. In Paridiso, Inferno, and Purgatorium we implore the true meaning of existence. In life we search for true will. True will guides us through good and bad time alike. Mankind may never know the true meaning of existence. Maybe existence is struggle. 


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