The Pretense Thing
I want to explore the pretense issue a little further.
I am suggesting that "YOU" are "IT" in "THIS" and that you are pretending you don't know that. Sounds ridiculous. That statement necessitates the fact that something else is going on besides what your sensory experience is picking up. But I want to be open to ridicule in making that suggestion...a suggestion which by the way, is made in many other books and resources available to you.
Lee Smolin, author of the 2013 "Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe," says, “It is so easy to make stuff up, and the bookshelves are full of metaphysical proposals. But we want real knowledge, which means there must be a way to confirm a proposed answer. This limits us to science. If there’s another route to reliable knowledge of the world besides science, I’m unlikely to take it, because my life is centered around a commitment to the ethics of science."
He goes on to say that, “The problem of consciousness is an aspect of the question of what the world really is. We don’t know what a rock really is, or an atom, or an electron. We can only observe how they interact with other things and thereby describe their relational properties. Perhaps everything has external and internal aspects. The eternal properties are those that science can capture and describe---through interactions, in terms of relationships. The internal aspect is the intrinsic essence.; it is the reality that is not expressible in the language of interactions and relations. Consciousness, whatever it is, is an aspect of the intrinsic essence of brains.”
If the above is true, then stop reading any further and build a bunker. Your life doesn't matter. You're a brain and that's all.
Karlfried Graf Durckheim, author of the 2007 “The Way of Transformation,” says, “The time has come for us to free ourselves from the idea that only those things which can be rationally grasped and objectively verified are real and binding. The state of mind and body that blocks any awareness of the presence of greater being inevitably produces a special kind of suffering. It is the experiencing of this anguish that forces us to take stock of our life attitudes. We must train our faculty of sensory perception to feel and appreciate qualities which are beyond the limits of our ordinary consciousness.”
Durckheim goes on to say, "“When we finally come to see the manner in which events and people coincide to manifest our greatest good we will discover that we have existed in two worlds, one within the other. And that the only difference between our illusion and our enlightenment is a slight difference in attitude. We will discover that nothing which happens in or around us is in vain or without its appointed place and just significance. We will see that we are on this earth for a specific purpose and out of that seeing we will attain a conscious surrender offering ourselves as an instrument of the new creative power manifesting in the world. The key to this realization is the willingness and ability to live spontaneously, no plans, no foresight but oneness with the great flow which makes you execute at each instant the necessary gesture.”
If the above is true, then the pursuit of consciousness is desirable. You don't need to build a bunker and your level of consciousness is vital not only to your well-being but to the well-being of all others. "IT" is conscious. "YOU" are "IT" pretending that you not "IT."
What would happen if you stopped pretending and more importantly, what would you then choose to become?