Since humanity’s conception, we have been split into two debating parties: those who believe that reality is only made of matter and those who believe there’s something else. In more recent times, this great philosophical debate has generally been called Materialism vs. Idealism, or Atheism vs. Religion.
Or put even another way, Matter vs. Consciousness.
Materialists were few and far between back in the ancient days. Most people believed in some form of God, afterlife or higher consciousness through their religious or spiritual disciplines. Yet the birth and amplification of the scientific revolution – which focused on physical phenomena – ensured that the knowledge of this area grew, along with its applied technological capacity.
Science consistently increased its accuracy when predicting the behaviour of the material world, so humans grew in confidence regarding matter’s primary relevance. It became more and more common for factions of society to reject the teachings of the religious orthodoxy, partly because science offered something testable and concrete and partly because religion had so many social and philosophical flaws.
The western world gathered so much momentum in its scientific prowess that in a relatively short period of time on the evolutionary scale, it essentially replaced religion as the standard for truth. But then quantum physics came along which completely undermined the certainty that classical physics offered. Both Newtonian laws and space-time relativity were thought to be the holy grail of science, but the quantum world politely sent them packing back to middle school where they belonged.
However, not all scientists and laymen alike have accepted this. Many still hold onto the material world like its fundamentally real, but quantum physics clearly illustrates that it’s an illusory manifestation of a deeper order of energy, vibration, force and information. The zero point field, which is the energetic and informational heart of quantum physics, is unified; effectively making the whole of reality the same.
Even though we can very loosely conceptualise these facts, they are still ideas that we struggle to get our understanding around. Evidently, the further we go down the rabbit hole, the more intangible and mystical reality becomes.
No matter – pun intended – what the core substance of reality is, it’s proven beyond any shadow of a doubt not to be of a solid, material nature. The debate between matter and spirit has therefore ended; it’s now evolved to address what this ‘spirit’ is actually made of.
Many pioneer scientists and experts argue that this realm is something like consciousness because of the way that it interacts with the quantum world. Essentially, consciousness creates an experience out of the potential of experience. This model suggests that our brains act like a radio by tuning into the signal of consciousness according to the brains associated hardware and software. When we tamper with our hardware i.e. our neurological wiring, or reprogram our software i.e. our beliefs, it changes the way that we process consciousness. We therefore have a different experience as a result.
This may or may not be conclusively proven in the near future; the jury is still out. Regardless, we need to get society back on track when it concerns this debate.
We know that we don’t have all the answers – for starters, the idea that an infinite Godlike intelligence created existence is beyond the scope of our finite understanding. Nevertheless, we at least know that there is something going on deeper than just physical stuff having interactions based on some randomly generated laws. We simply need to accept that the physical world is an illusory manifestation and it needs to be treated as such. No longer can we arrogantly believe in the metaphysics called materialism; as a society, it’s time to move on.
So when you’re confronted with a person who advocates for the out-dated materialist philosophy, it’s important to keep in mind the following points so to ensure you engage them in a way they’ll accept and understand.
A Guide to Participating in the Greatest Debate Ever
Ultimately, the aim is to spread some good vibes through love, understanding and compassion, especially to yourself. Then if it is relevant, have these types of conversations with those who resonate with you or with this information in that moment, because everybody will benefit.
That’s the best way to discuss the great meta-paradigm shift of the 21st century.
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Phillip J. Watt lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia.
He has lived a life of self-determination and built a strong repertoire based in leadership, teamwork and seeking the essential knowledge and skills to holistically support himself, his family and his clientele. His written and film work deals with topics from ideology to society, as well as self-development.
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