Life The Clarification
posted by March 15 at 15:02 PMon
A comment posted by Ben on my post Reality-effects, made this point:
Charles, forgive me, but if reality effects are the effects our actions (physical and mental) have on reality, AND if all human experience is mediated, then we can’t actually get at the reality effects any more than we can get at the rest of reality. Our access to the reality effects would be mediated like our access to the rest of reality. Why would we have special non-mediated access to just this part of reality? If you grant that we don’t, then what’s the big deal with reality-effects as an object of study over any other part of reality?
How are reality-effects different from reality itself? This is what I think Ben wants me to clarify, because if I can’t clarify this point then what exactly is so special about the concept (or password) of reality-effects?
This is the clarification: I do not confuse reality with truth. The truth is not out there. The truth is not out in the wilderness or desert of the real. What doesn’t exist outside of the human is truth of any kind. A man who dreams he is a king every night might in truth be a king but not in reality. The only home truth has in the whole universe is in fictions fashioned by humans (or human modes). As a consequence, there is no evil or good in the world as such. There are stars, clouds, George Bush, bullets, Arabs, sand. They all in fact happen to be here. So, if you want to be moral, you must make a story for yourself and others to act morally. Morals, like truth, are within fictions that can be applied, be affected by, the inhuman (or the indifferent to human) Real.
What one satellite drifting over Southern California in 1992 registered as “a heat anomaly” was a riot in Los Angeles. The “heat anomaly” was the reality; the riot was the “reality-effect.” The truth was only a matter of the conflicting fictions: one fiction ending in the “Rodney King Uprising”, the other in the “LA Riots.”