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All interpretations of the empirical data analyzed in cosmology are made upon the basis of premises that lie outside the domain of natural science.  In physics these are called principles; the initial assumptions of mathematics are regarded as axioms; philosophy calls them self-evident truths; and religion acknowledges them as articles of faith.  Without such assumptions, none of those branches of human understanding would be able to operate at all.  But it should be recognized that the principles of cosmology are no more scientific truths than are the principles of scholastic theology. - B. Alan Wallace, Choosing Reality,  p. 95

The Nature of the Spiritual Realm
07/24/2020

Note: The term "spiritual" is used here in not a religious or moral sense but rather in a general philosophical sense where the Physical realm contrasts with the Spiritual Realm.

Mathematics is a non-arbitrary language, part of the spiritual realm, that humans have developed to address, describe and model both spiritual and physical reality on the most fundamental level. In mathematics we have what are called axioms, and these are absolute, foundational building blocks that are accepted as valid without challenge. These axioms are NOT arbitrary but rather excerpted from real aspects of the mind that are accepted as universal and eternal. One of the axioms of math concerns the validity of using discrete, invariable integers as a foundation, BECAUSE we cannot even imagine a reality that is not built upon integer units. Mathematics necessarily has axioms and conventions, which are for the most part arbitrary and do not affect mathematical calculation except to facilitate them. Axioms CANNOT be violated, and any mathematical construct that does so is considered to be false, invalid, bad, wrong untrustworthy, dangerous, ad nauseam.

The discipline of philosophy is also a non-arbitrary construct, part of the spiritual realm, that humans have developed to address, describe and model spiritual reality. The two branches of philosophy that are germane to our purpose are epistemology and metaphysics. Epistemology is concerned with the nature of truth, and metaphysics is concerned with the nature of knowledge of physical reality. Just as in math where there are foundational axioms, there are axiomatic, foundational building blocks in the areas of epistemology and metaphysics, and these are absolute and eternal, and CANNOT be violated, and any philosophical or scientific construct that does so is considered to be false, invalid, bad, wrong untrustworthy, dangerous, ad nauseam.

The current environment

Given that since the breakdown or end of the golden age, the physical environment for humans has not been benign, we have been inundated with exigencies that require a focus on physical survival, a situation that has kind of helped foster materialism and culture reductionism. Reducing things down to the simplest appropriate level is not a bad thing, but the term reductionism implies going too far, or leaving out crucial aspect of reality that would educate our understanding. Generally in a materialistic world, what is left out is the part that spiritual aspects play.

Some axiomatic principles

1. The Fundamental Fact and Fundamental Conclusion: I think, therefore I exist.
A corollary is: I want, therefore I exist.

If I didn’t exist, I wouldn’t be thinking or wanting. These two facts come before we are even assured that we have a body. Everything else may be the product of my own mind, from my own imagination, a dream, or an hallucination that I may be having, and so this is the facet that we know with the highest level of certainty, metaphysical certitude. Following right on the heels of this fact is that we know what we immediately want. No one can tell us that we don't exist or that we don't want what we want. Everything beyond these two facets of reality requires some level of volition and faith in oneself to accurately acquire information and conclude knowledge.

2. Essence of Reality: All reality, both spiritual and physical, is sensed or apprehended through contrast, change or difference. If there is no change in color and its shade, we see nothing. If there is no change in texture, we feel nothing, etc. If there were only one uniform sound of unvarying intensity or volume, we would hear nothing. The same holds in spiritual reality. What makes facets of the world of the mind and conception available for our consideration is their difference from all the others. If there is no difference or contrast in words or meaning, their is nothing to grasp and we conceive nothing new or additional.

3. There is no such thing as nothing: Nothing is no thing, does nothing,  and the concept of nothing is just and only a mental reference point or a mental construct, like zero & infinity. Even the possibility of something is not nothing. Since we obviously have something, every belief system must start with something, and cannot start with nothing. One of the corollaries is that this means that the material universe must be full of real material without voids of nothingness.

4. Sequence is Inviolate: One of the basic cornerstones of reality in general is that of sequence of events, both physical and spiritual. The sequence of events cannot be reversed or otherwise altered. If it could, there would be no foundation of any conceivable reality, purpose or reason, and meaning, Since "time" is the sequence of events, even time would lose all relevance and become meaningless. There would be no basis for science, causality, or certainty of anything.

5. Restrictions of Infinity: The application of the concept of infinity is excluded from anything even theoretically countable, such as particles of matter, and even from intangible facets like thoughts, ideas, memories, etc. The number of these things may not be ascertainable, but they still have a quantity count. Infinite must not be confused with eternal, because the latter applies to an unending sequence of events. Infinity can only be applied conceptually to that realm of extreme abstract intangibles, such as possibilities. Just because it is a useful concept in mathematics doesn't give it an application to reality.

6. Physical Reality is Controlled by Inviolate Laws:

The functions of the material universe rely upon consistency of physical law. These laws are not capricious or inconsistent. Unless there is an ordinate spiritual entity that authored these laws, the laws cannot be changed or abrogated and will operate consistently. All physical science operates by accepting this principle as axiomatic.

7. Physical Phenomenon Are Caused:

All events in the physical realm are caused by pre-existing forces and factors. With the possible exception of the birth of galaxies of new matter, the physical universe does not spring acausal phenomena upon us. This is another foundation block for physical science.

Ramifications

Upon examination these seven concepts are logically self evident and are therefore axiomatic principles of philosophy. No volition or belief is involved in accepting these fundamentals. Part of being intellectually or spiritually responsible requires us to evaluate each concept, premise, piece of knowledge and belief we consider accepting  is to see if it is compatible with this group of axiomatic principles.

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