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Perception and the Capture of Reality

The human mind's ability to 'abstract' (a much over-used faculty of the mind) is a mental compunction that can eventually lead to its own dysfunction. Before one realizes it, the mind can make 'whatever is' so rarefied that it can lead the beholder of the mind to believe that all is - at its plausible best - the mind's creation or - at its worst - its illusion.

In our reclamation of reality (mind you, not that abstract pseudo-reality that is really no more than a mentalized perception of it) it is good practice to review the language we use that accompanies our participation in reality with our vocal representations of things and notions.
In our day-to-day language we still use words or parts of words which initially were the earliest humankind's vocal exclamations that accompanied the discovery or acknowledgement of tangible phenomena.
We can use etymology with our language(s) to retrieve humankind's original  usage and meanings of words. Etymology enables us to find the original meanings of the sounds we made with our vocal chords and parts of our mouth before our exclamations as 'words' started to mean less and less than what they were originally representing.
Let's take as an example the word 'perception,' a word often used in our deliberations about reality. Initially it was a term that represented as concretely as possible the mindful discovery that one physically grasped, captured and held something in the hand.
'Per-cep-tion' - etymologically the root for the 'cep' part of perception is the Sanskrit KAP which meant hold or grasp, but KAP derives from the even older roots KA and AK1  both denoting cutting and sharpness. They onomatopoeically mimicked the sound pebbles made when they were manipulated by hand to break or cut each other in the manufacture of stone tools.
KA led to words like capture, concept, perception, etc., even the word key; AK led to words like cut, axe, acute, hack and eventually even acupuncture and academy.
Derived from those roots, the word perception came to us via the Latin per capere (per as in 'peruse.') Thus it can be seen that originally perception expressed the 'holding and handling of sticks and stones' rather than the 'holding of personal ideas about reality!'
Originally then, perception meant that one held something concretely in hand, but now, thousands of years later, perception has come to stand for something much more relative: at present perception is understood as a very individual mental faculty rather than a tactile sensorial one.
Nowadays we use the word perception for individual interpretations about reality, interpretations that can differ from person to person depending on their personally acquired values, judgments, fears, expectations, etc.

Could it be that our sensitivity about perception is based on a feeling of loss of its original simple and self-evident straight-forwardness?
Don't we actually wish to contact reality directly, rather than being obliquely confronted with something that is altered by the arbitrary descriptions of externally acquired pseudo-realities of which elements have been processed by mental regurgitations forced upon us by others than ourselves?
Aren't those regurgitations aimed at deforming the description of what is authentically perceived or captured, so that reality gets interpreted differently from what it simply happens to be?

What could the reason be for such transformations or even deformations of meanings? Why would anyone want to prescribe how and what things should be, should have been or shouldn't have been or… whether they should have been at all?
For what purpose were authentic and reliable perceptions robbed of their reliability, how did they become in-authenticated? What investment in what games do those people have, who force their adulterated interpretations of reality on those who ended up so dependently influencible and manipulatable?
In many of the chapters here we undertaking to find answers to the above questions as we investigate the dynamics behind them, as we aim to rediscover, reclaim or maintain our natural human integrity and freedom… in order  forever authentically capture and perceive what is… as is.


1 The Sanskrit Devanagari alphabet is divided into two sections, the first section contains the vowels, the second the consonants. The vowel sound A -  अ (as in Aum - ओम or ॐ) happens to be the first vowel and thus first letter, while KA - क is its  first consonant.

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