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Omniscience, Innocence

The omniscient and the innocent are two idealized realities. A reality that comes so close to actuality, such that it perfectly mimics it, would require perfect feeling, sensual and reasoning powers. Only an omniscient being could make claim to perfection and a true grip on actuality. Does this being exist or is it a myth? The Christian, Muslim, and Judaic God are all omniscient. You only need to read the adjectives used that describe them to grasp the nature of godliness: all-knowing, the beginning, middle, and end, the creator, eternal, and infinite. Omniscience, a trait embodied in God, is an ideal in which the created reality is a precise copy of actuality. Demonstrating omniscience in our three plane diagram, the plane representing reality, would resembles the plane representing actuality it in every way.

The opposite of omniscience is innocence. Whereas God is perfect sense, feel, and knowledge, the innocent senses nothing, feels nothing, thinks nothing, and knows nothing. It makes no effort to grasp actuality. The innocent avoids understanding, does not believe in a reality, and makes no attempts to construct a model of actuality but is content to remain forever ignorant and detached. Whereas the omniscient creates and knows everything, the innocent creates nothing and knows nothing. Like omniscience, innocence is an ideal, but stands in opposition to omniscience by refusing to interact or acknowledge actuality.

People lie somewhere in between innocence and omniscience. We have our five senses, our capacity to feel and use intuition, and the reasoning and imaginative powers of the brain. We lack the omniscience of a God, the ability to see, feel and think everything, indeed to have other senses beyond the five we already possess. Yet we have enough that we move beyond innocence. The movement towards omniscience, the acquisition of knowledge and experience is a goal for many, yet it can be scary too, since the process of reaching a more knowing state can be painful. On the other hand, the remembrance of innocence brings nostalgia. We try to recapture this state when we sleep or do drugs, and when we try to escape some of the uglier truths about actuality.

This figure shows how an omniscient being creates a reality that perfectly models itself off actuality while we humans create imperfect models of actuality - small and discoloured.

In sum, through the sensory mechanisms that come somewhere between omniscience and innocence we receive our doses of actuality. We then use what we have received to create our own imperfect reality. We are not innocent, so we form realities that attempt to be close to the actual. But we are not omniscient, so our realities are imperfect. Imagine the model thus: true reality or actuality is singular, there is only one. It is all encompassing and infinite. Within actuality, trillions of beings live and coexist. None of them understands the actuality in which they live, after all they are not omniscient, but each of these organisms has formed or is in the process of forming its own subjective reality for no organism, no matter how simple, is innocent. Picture it: an actuality containing trillions of realities walking around and observing, always trying to get a better grip on the actuality in which they live, or trying to disconnect from it for their own mental health. Every being’s reality is technically wrong, each reality is flawed (lack of omniscience). Yet these realities are formed because we live in an actuality that must be grasped for survival (lack of innocence).

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