Some aspects of reality die with our bodies. The dollar bill is a perfect example. Three dimensional reality recognizes a dollar bill as some cotton an linen hybrid with some meaningless symbols sprinkled over it with dye, whereas we refer to it as an icon representing someone’s social value. What does this say of a dollar bill? If you buy a candy bar with it, you have essentially done nothing but a ritual and gained something for it. This looks eerily like a reflection of our religious and pagan impulses. Perhaps, for example there is something meaningless and false, say a prayer that the sun will rise in the morning and this seems to yield a real result in physical reality. But the ritual and rain dance of exchanging money is a much more contrived category of pagan worship. An entire sub-reality is structured around money and labor, one of which very much exists in physical reality, the other doesn’t exist in social reality but causes things to exist in physical reality. The fascinating thing about money (and symbols in general) is that while they are arbitrary for the most part, and inherently and necessarily subjective and therefore meaningless, these bits of the social sub-reality can cause physical changes in the third dimension, beyond thoughts and feelings. A person can quite literally die in the streets because their pockets are not stuffed with these cotton and linen ‘social bits’. The symbol, arbitrary, subjective, meaningless has a direct impact on human life. I do wonder if somehow this is, in part why some are still willing to accept religion at face value. We are conditioned in a world that, by some alchemy can yield something from nothingness.
This seems to be the nature of belief. No one will doubt that the muscle of belief is real, but a belief is only true if it reflects the physical nature of the situation. Belief has no bearing in the third dimension unless acted upon, in which case if the belief forms a will and the will forms an action we are not confirming that the belief reflects reality, we are merely seeing that the belief has inspired an action, which yields the result of the belief. Nothing yields something. Money operates on this same central principle. As long as it is believed that money is something other than what it is made of, money will yield certain actions. People will continue to die over literal nothingness. The emptiness of this reality is upsetting but that is why it needs to be brought to our attention. The infrastructure of social reality is just belief. The moment the belief dies, social reality ceases to yield any result in physical reality. Wars cannot be fought over it, the homeless cannot starve or freeze to death because of it. Without social reality we would be forced to address issues as what they are. The homeless don’t starve because they don’t have money, they starve because they don’t have food. Contrived wars aren’t fought because they make money, they are fought because powerful people can centralize their resources.
I don’t know the next step in the evolution of social reality, but I do know that there must be a next step, both for our minds and for social reality itself. Like John Randi, I want to live in the most real rendition of our lives and I think, as far as stopping violence caused by social reality, we need to start considering our next step: moving from nothing yielding something to something yielding something else,