Contours of Reality

You follow the man to the far side of the room, where he continues the tour. Looking over the exhibit, you see countless charts and diagrammes detailing a complex array of relationships. It is apparently an attempt to chart out reality as a series of dimensions with a near-endless multitude of discernible entities smeared throughout them.

As I was saying, the total list of things that we can perceive, and therefore must honour, is immense. Insofar as we distinguish things, we necessarily employ a great range of descriptive terms. These terms have distinguishable meanings, and our awareness of them appears to involve a ruleset of comprehensibility or logic. Per my previous remarks, all of these context-granting or framework-granting rules must be given their place in Being.

From our perspective, these dimensions may be thought of as constituting the contour of reality. This reality has a type of shape that affords everything a sense of comprehension and order, it defines the myriad of things we perceive. Whether the shape is the same throughout, or whether the shape may be different at distinct locations, is yet to be seen. Let each particular dimension or aspect of the overall shape be called a “plane of existence”, “field of existence”, “band of existence”, or any other term that may best accord with the natural sciences and our way of thinking.

Order is the concept that encompasses all these dimensions of "what-is". It is a grand shape, its flow and contour defined by an immense code. Necessity lives within, espying every problem and smoothing away the rough edges of incoherence and rebellion. This ensures that everything conforms to the shape of the mould, without exception. As you have heard, Necessity is the guiding hand of our philosophy.

The most immediate plane of Order is one that does not suffer from the tyranny of distance. This plane supports our awareness and connects with every other plane we could mention. At this level we can reach any other point in an instant. Besides being subservient to Being and Distinction, things such as our awareness must comply with the specific laws of Order that define or give shape to the relevant planes. For example, the logical rules that grant detailed coherence. Within that great code of Logic, there are rules that ensure everything from non-contradiction to mathematical relationships.

The structure of Order plays a large role in defining our nature as humans. When we only had Being and Distinction, there was no basis for human comprehension. Order provides the framework for our meaningful reality, it is a permanent bulwark against the Chaos that would otherwise consume all.

You may wish to hear more about the details of this shape, and we are indeed working on putting something together on that very topic. Also, a lot of people are interested in the question of consciousness; that is also a topic that one of our members is working on. I'm not sure how far along he is with it, but there's been some recent good news. We've been joined by a visiting professor; in addition to performing his own work on motion, he has agreed to help with the question of consciousnss. For now he's still settling in, but you could go chat with either one of them about their work.

You might also be wondering why I have not said anything about morality yet. Many people come here to discuss the difference between "good" and "evil". To do that, you must examine the dimension of Change, which is typically the next exhibit of the tour. The exhibit is run by friends of mine; I helped them craft the exhibit and taught them not to rely heavily on claims about "infinity", but the genius is their own. However, I believe they're all in a very important meeting today. Still, there's an introductory video playing for guests.

The man gestures towards the other rooms, but otherwise remains motionless. It appears you will take the next steps alone.

Choices:

  1. Proceed to the exhibits on Change...
  2. Visit the person studying consciousness...
  3. Take a detour to see the visiting professor...