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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Beauty of Reality

Updated on February 12, 2017

Hath this boy no guile?

Really scary when you have a little like this. You have got to be damn sure before you teach him a reality.
Really scary when you have a little like this. You have got to be damn sure before you teach him a reality. | Source

What input are you trusting?

I respect and recognize your reality in feelings, logic and creativity.

There was a famous mathematician philosopher (the best kind of both) his name was Descartes. He theorized that basically all things we hold as our reality did not stand scrutiny and thought. But there he was thinking about reality. From there came a notion; I think therefor I am. Or cogito ergo sum. Even if we be delusional we are still thinking and that can never change during empirical life. Isn’t that cool! If you are reading this then you are for sure real.

Let us fully shoot the over direction. This sounds a little boring but it is very interesting. As early as we had a society we have had advocates. I use that term rather than lawyers because most lawyers fail to really advocate. So we have been working on the rules of proof/evidence for many thousand years. Please consider that we are dealing in the realm or reality. Trials are a search for what is reality. (of course they come up with preposterous reasoning sometimes and that makes news) 99.9% they get it right thousands of times per day.

So here is a very legal notion that anyone can discern. FRE stands for Federal Rules of Evidence. Rule 401. Test for Relevant Evidence; Evidence is relevant if: (a) it has any tendency to make a fact more or less probable than it would be without the evidence; and (b) the fact is of consequence in determining the action.

Relevant really means something noteworthy to our senses that bears on our decision in life. That is the absolute best man can come up with for evidence meaning a danged thing. I refuse to have my faith and belief in love structure compromised by proof. But there is by this rule a cognitive evidentiary value to texts. Testimony also fits that notion.

Let us take a break and listen to Cohen’s Democracy is Coming to the USA.

Leaders, victims and all of us are moving forward. That is cool.

A mustard seed is really this tree -- are sure about time?

I guess the gift of empathy is the ability to see something and feel something from another's view. And yes my friends that also is the curse.
I guess the gift of empathy is the ability to see something and feel something from another's view. And yes my friends that also is the curse. | Source

Question together

We must stand proud of our own reality. The worst thing we can do to a child is to tell them that their feelings do not matter like this: “Stop crying stop acting like a cry baby, get over here, there is no reason for you to cry. You just cry to get your way.” There are these things in this case that I demand of me. Other people’s feelings are reality.” When I look into the mirror I see me. I really have no clue what you see. I cannot change snow from falling but I can shovel it.

The Notion of Perspective

Of course we move into our favorite area of discussion. How love changes reality. There is a cool old term; “He was so mad he just saw red.” And one that goes another way; “He views the world through rose colored glasses.” And one of my favorites; “He was so smitten by love he could not see what was right in front of him.” But we cannot leave out; “He could not see the forest for the trees.”

Let us look at three persons and situations.

The “beat” cop in Watts. If the policeman is to keep the peace and even remain alive he must be vigilant to all things around him. If the focus becomes to pin point the danger not seen could be the one that does him in. Actually quite similar in urban warfare – or inner city Detroit. So now we see a perspective from inside the cop. We are talking peripheral vision, sounds, smells and touch sensory stuff. Must this front line combatant operate on a total synergized split second combination of all these to actually be aware of his circumstance – of course he must.

And now we put in cameras into the mix. What can an eye witness and a photo(video) tell us? Only the perspective of the camera. Producing more questions than answers on reality.

The 5 year old child. With a five year old you can literally walk around a small home for an hour looking at things like dust balls under beds, scuff marks on the kitchen floor, plumbing behind the toilet, a plain old window and for sure a vacuum. These kind of things adults see but do not see. Our reality is different. So my elder son at 31 and I share a passion for writing – different kinds. We both have degrees in philosophy. We take road trips to go camping or just cruise a coastline. Here we often gently debate our understanding of the facts of events. Let us just say we go back to about 26 years ago, he about five and I about mid twenties. Some facts we can agree on but most we do not. Back in his early twenties he would get very upset that my version was different and be mad that I was wrong, but insisting that to me I was right. Later the discussions went to whose view is more correct a six year old’s or a thirty year old’s? Funny now that we are both over 30 we kind of think that the six year old may have a corner on reality. This is because their view is not obstructed by years of bias and judgments. Of course we are talking about his little brother and my young 7 year old son. We spend hours with him I guess, just plain learning a right look at things.

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I think I can appreciate this perspective. I can't relate, but that is cool.

My perspective was blurred so my pards came and righted so we could move on.

Love is hanging below your buddy ready to get crushed if he falls.
Love is hanging below your buddy ready to get crushed if he falls. | Source

I do hope that you do not see things one way, for the money.

For this next one we could go with a surgeon or a jury trial attorney. We pick the attorney because the variable of twelve plus one judge is just so extreme. Do the twelve think alike? Most assuredly not. Even the physical location in the jury box gives them a different perspective very clearly. Now whose eyes are seeing the smoking gun? The stay at home mom of 4, or the 55 year old bachelor rocket scientist. Could there even be a common perspective at all. Yet in the end they both must conclude and determine what is truth. And they must determine this on rules already in place. How does the courtroom magician actually create a reality in 13 minds? Or in criminal defense matters make sure that the same reality is not in all twelve.

So if we find ourselves insistent that what we know to be true must also be true for others we stand out of the way of love and in front of the Big Mac truck of unhappiness. So if we find ourselves accepting not just the outward appearance of a person but also the inward part perhaps we see that reality which is “in between”. That quote makes me stop and think what that means. (did I get in between them or am I in between jobs) In between, a place in which two realities meet. I must decide which of the three realities I chose? No, I do not think so my friends, you are more special that reality for you is what you chose.

Now be weary here. You will be tempted, there will be the ones that insist that you must pick God or go to hell. For me this God which is love and this love which is God, never ever ever lets me down. If my reality is through the lens of love. Well then, my vision is mine and love’s. I wonder if that could ever be wrong.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good question, Eric. What is reality? It seems that "virtual reality" is becoming a bigger part in the lives of many these days, but I think you are probably right that a six-year old has a better grasp on reality than an adult.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, surely you dip down into the waters of us trying to be like you. You are a master and it makes my heart soar like your falcon that you know me. People go and go now! To read https://hubpages.com/literature/Keto-and-the-Falco... I am still just blown away by the story.

      John I think that Mel and I are out of our drought now. We think of you and the cackleberries and hope all is well.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for those kind words, Eric. You humble me. Glad you are out of the drought, and I am in one again...record high temperatures across the country and no rain in sight. Presently spending most of my time indoors. At least it gives me some extra time to write.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hear you friend

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      Tim Mitchell 2 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you, Eric, for a cause of pondering, a wonderful journey with your recommendation of Jodah's verse, and then arriving back to reread gaining more insight. Reading about Keto and then rereading this article I realize more of reality, thus a bargain for sure. Kudos! Reality is a fun subject in my eyes. Long story why. I find it interesting to read and look into myth to understand reality especially how Love influences both. I am thinking of ancient myth like Grecian. I see I am wandering now, which is a good sign of the impact of this article. Again. thanks . . .

      P.S. Inspirational as I feel poetic now perhaps creating a reality? of myth? like Jodah that is influenced of Love . . .

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Do you mean my truth is not the same as your truth? How can that be? I'm always right! LOL This was the perfect read to begin my week with...thanks, Preach!

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim I just realized something I always do when I see your HP name - TS Elliot. I suppose that is good? We are going to have a great Lincoln's Birthday today hiking to the cross on Mt. Helix and rock hunting down Old Quarry Road preserve. Probably a blanket or two and a couple of gallons of water for our homeless that weathered the storm.

      Thank you for your great observations. I try hard to keep it real here on myths and animated shows. They are real!! Icarus is a real myth. Kung Fu Panda is a real cartoon. This understanding is critical to understanding others. And especially respecting their feelings.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mr. Holland with all due respect you must tread carefully in this regard as you are always right, Today my son and I will start the day after breakfast reading the Gettysburg Address -- Hay copy for sure, as I was once related through marriage.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Reality is dim sometimes, it's in the eye of the beholder. Love in never bad and God IS love. And, I love the way you compare a child's reality to an adult. The child is so unrestricted, he sees many things we miss in our hurry to get it right. Another great message here Eric. I'm so glad we are cyber friends....

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, we had a #7 birthday. The boy is no longer mine, he is his. Good Lordy knows I want to tell him how to think -- making me crazy today. Better I allow him not to tell me but to show me, and then maybe he will let me show him.

      You are a treasure -- you show me friend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      "I refuse to have my faith and belief in love structure compromised by proof." I hear you, Eric. The so-called proof may not be what it seems, in other words, not real. You continually dare us to think.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, my wife insists that scripture is proof of God. I just love her and she teaches my son well to love.

      It is nice, though I be no patriarch my family is in Love with life, not by order of proof, except that we are proof of love. I think I have one in Iceland, one in Bend Oregon and one on a trek to Standing Rock and the other one here in my bosom. Our reality is different but our real love for each other is real.

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Eric, the greatest philosophers do not have the answers--they don't come even close to reality. To have the open heart and mind of a child; to see without filters, touch without reservation, explore without preconceived notions and doubt, to have faith without question. Wouldn't we all be better and wiser if we could somehow reclaim that soul within your 7-year old blessing from God?

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      HI Linda,

      I think we can. It is just that it only comes in fleeting moments. Perhaps keeping those lenses of time we can gather more and more. We finished up with polishing a low grade emerald. Fashioned a necklace and gave it to mom for Vday. Between the three of us, I could not say who was more the child this morning. But we all were.

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      Mel Carriere 2 months ago from San Diego California

      I never thought trial lawyers had souls. Maybe a client just gave you his in lieu of payment, maybe you grew one when you walked away from the courtroom. Doesn't "Mahatma" mean beautiful soul? You've definitely got one. See, I've just promoted you to Gandhi-hood, now you've got to start wearing loin cloths. Great sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You flatter me so that I will be impossible to live with the rest of the day. How could you have possibly known that while writing I am clad in such garb? And thanks for the reminder -- I have got to air these babies out, that deer skin does not breath so well. As for the soul, I came across mine in just such a fashion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDm_ZHyYTrg

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      Dana Tate 2 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I wish that I could always view life in the eyes of a child. As a child your thinking has no boundaries. I remember staring at my fingers and toes and wondering how did God know that we only needed five fingers on each hand and five toes on each feet. I would be blown away that everything seem to fit just right. Then, one day an adult heard me talking and laughing in the bedroom and I was the only person in there. So she asked me who are you talking to and why are you laughing? I told her - " I'm talking to God" and she thought for a moment and then said "Well, okay, but don't do that in public, otherwise people will think you're crazy." Well, that was the last day I talked to God because she made me consciously aware that talking with people others could not see was abnormal. Now obviously that changed but it didn't change until I became an adult.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, that is such an important concept. As a parent I am very supportive of talking to things unseen. I try to promote play time with dinosaurs and cars with the noises necessary in battle or racing. I generally, other than morning prayers, say them silently. My wife insists on outloud family prayers.

      My son is very private about talking with Jesus. You can hear him in the other room, but don't dare try to join in.

      Songs and Psalms to Christ help me facilitate a dialogue.

      Thanks for letting me ruminate. You are a good friend.

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      Lawrence Hebb 6 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      No matter which way we try and philosphize, two add two still equals four!

      That's true of spiritual values as well. Having said that, the way we see those might be slightly different, just like the way we write the equation out is different in different languages!

      I agree that God isn't willing for any to perish, that's why he has a plan!

      Good thoughts here

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence, sorry for the late response. I always liked this quote of reality: Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~ Albert Einstein. Of course we have commonality and agreement on most "facts of life". I would write 2+2=4 or maybe 2&2 is 4. That is a fun one thanks for raising that concept.

      Funny that the one thing I have the most faith in I have the least knowledge in - God's Plan.

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      Lawrence Hebb 6 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Couldn't agree more!

      I like Einstein's quote too!

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