Veils of Reality: How being blind to how we see makes our problems cyclical

An alternate story of human nature, human history, and human possibility

Multimedia Tool Project Phases

In between each phase is a gap of time, resources, and participation that we look forward to bridging as the word gets around.

Phase I: Concept and Content Introduction (current)

Here we are presenting the ideas, the intention.

Phase II: Accessibility

By this point articles will be accompanied by visual representations, comics, thought experiments, and edited for clarity and accessibility.

Phase III: Multimedia Tool Iteration

Technical Preview Rough Sketch:

{The viewer loads the site to see a human bust with a translucent barrier of interconnected shapes (the veils) obscuring/filtering this representative of our culture’s picture of the world.

There is a bubble in front of the face that represents our reality.  It has 3 layers extending outward.

The nearest is the ‘truth’ layer, the layer of unquestioned assumptions, what our conditioning and experiences lead us to interpret as reality.  This is where the psychological shortcuts that filter and explain and know without critical or conscious thought operate.

The middle layer we will tentatively call the volitional layer, where our information, experiences, and analysis mix and mingle, where we think, where the thought “I..” appears.

The outer layer we might call conscious awareness.  Here thoughts and feelings are seen, rather than merely happening involuntarily automatically without us noticing.  Thoughts appear but are not embodied, they drift like clouds in the sky, come and go without necessarily being believed.  Here we see “our” thoughts as we see other people’s.  Here is what being present looks like.

All the space beyond the person and the 3 layers of their personal reality is labeled Bigger Reality and there are arrows going from it toward the person, representing Reality acting on us and the feedback our movements through the world are receiving from it.}

As the viewer clicks one of the Veils of Reality it rises from the nearest layer into the middle layer, to be considered.  To see what the Veils collectively obscure, the user will disrupt the existing paradigm at each of its foundations (Veils).

This visualization is important because of a particular manner in which our sense of reality is maintained.  Assuming there is an error in one of the assumptions, and this can be demonstrated, when the next assumption is addressed the first will return to its initial position as a logical component to the overall schema, and inconsistencies that have been addressed continually reappear because the element is implied by the needs of the overall structure.  Its a result of the limitations of processing expressed as forgetting.

{Slide: The next Veil is clicked and the first one moves out of the middle layer back into the truth layer.}

Because even one Veil in a day may be a lot to process the user can save their progress.  Eventually, when all Veils have been explored, a scenario appears and how the user responds will show whether the default assumptions are still operating.

When finally all of the Veils scenarios have been completed without recourse to the default perspective,

{Slide: all veils lifted to the middle layer}

the user can move on to the next stage in which the counter points are shown,  as well as the techniques that run between these counter points and an alternative foundation, one that offers a fresh angle toward presence, openness, cooperation and authenticity.

Overall, it is a journey of perspective, standing in a different place and temporarily seeing things through a different lens.  There is nothing that needs to believed.  Like traveling, it creates the contrast in which meanings waver, in which things that were fixed are able to be reevaluated.  Its all about options, a more diversified problem solving portfolio.  The strength of this in comparison to where we begin is that it is intentionally designed to show us how we get in the way of our own values, of what we say we want.  It is rooted in that goal, in contrast to the default goal of the ego which is to always already be right.

Ultimately the hope is to achieve a cultural reset, an era of personal transparency where–en masse–we are able to see the ubiquity of naturally evolving but ultimately limiting ways of understanding the world, and their role in our cycles of tragedy. This will give us an opportunity to see that our enemies are not types of people but rather types of mindsets that we are all vulnerable to, and which we can soon start to be collectively accountable in overcoming.

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