The Final Truth

A Theory of Practice

The Thirteen Intentions of Creation

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5. Dissertations

5.# Consciousness

Consciousness generally refers to a living being's awareness of several things about itself, its own existence, and the world around it, including but not restricted to sensations, perceptions, emotions and thoughts. Psychology and other sciences of mind also consider consciousness as being the quality or state of being aware. These common-sense definitions, however, are vague (circular), because awareness and consciousness are practically the same thing: awareness is a subproduct of consciousness. Therefore, let us stay away from orthodox and circular definitions and instead try to build a more natural approach to an explanation of consciousness.

To be conscious involves a lot of things. As conscious beings ourselves, we are trapped inside the consciousness phenomenon. Our intellect and perception are subject to consciousness, and not the other way around. This means that we cannot simply expect to fully define consciousness if we are not totally "above" and beyond it to see the entire process unfolding before our "eyes." Because of this, many people feel that consciousness has no place in the objective world of science, although a lot of "unobservables" in Nature can be and have been the targets of scientific investigations before. There are no boundaries for scientific inquiry, but the nature of consciousness seems to be just as unlimited.

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5.# Good & Evil

Figure 5.# - Masks of good and evil

By the analysis done in Chapter 2 on the polarities of Love, we should now be able to see that the good/evil duality is an illusion. This means that whether something can be classified as good or evil is relative to individual perception. Or is it? Well, at the same time that perception plays an important role in determining the orientation of something, Love is the absolute good after all, and fear can be considered an expression of absolute evil. With this in mind, we can say that an act is intrinsically evil if it is implemented with the sole intent of causing fear, whereas an act is intrinsically good if it is implemented with the sole intent of cultivating Love. But let us not forget that Love is the only Absolute, and as such It can be seen as a benevolent or malevolent force if one chooses to accept It or deny (fear) It, respectively. We have already discussed how Love is beyond superficial categorizations and so It can assume any role (mask) without losing Its integrity; therefore, the Absolute is both potentially good and potentially evil.

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5.# Suffering

Suffering arises from feelings that are stronger than the individual's capacity to assimilate them. Suffering is intense and obscure, and with causes that are unknown or ignored (denied) by the individual. Aspects of one's existence that cannot be understood nor accepted eventually become too intense to be ignored. It is only natural that suffering arises according to the sequence of Intentions of Creation: sensations (IC #7) grow (IC #8) internally (IC #9) until they become very intense (IC #10) to produce a personal singularity, an existential paradox (IC #10).

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