(Was Wiki) Blind Nature

Blind Nature is a description of the seemingly random ways life propagates itself.

It is not actually random, as “cause and effect” can be observed in it. For example, various weeds will grow where their seeds fall to the ground. The wind may carry the seeds in whatever direction it was blowing on a particular day. A bird may carry seeds it has eaten, on an animal may have seeds caught in it’s fur, spreading the range of propagation.

However, there is observably no over-arching director, agency, or coordinator to the way these events take place. Indeed it’s likely the seeds fall on a concrete path, or a drain, or somewhere already congested with weeds.

Likewise, all forms of life propagate with undirected cause and effect methods. As the life forms involved become more complex, we observe more interaction of the life forms and the environment. We see birds choosing a place to nest, based on what we call Instinct.

Instinct is, strictly speaking, the behaviour of a life form which is entirely inherited in its genetics.

Insects are observably operating on pure instinct. There is no school for spiders to learn how to spin a web.

Further up in complexity, we find animals which, whilst having instinct, also have social learning involved in survival and reproduction.

Which is where the relevance of understanding Blind Nature in Actualism comes in.

Although humans exhibit a level of intelligence unparalleled in the natural world, blind nature is still in play.

Most relevant to understanding Actualism is the origin of the “feeling being”.

Observably, a child is born with a genetic inheritance. What it looks like, it’s temperament, and most relevant, and a rudamentary ability to communicate; crying. A child observably can be emotionally upset or emotionally content.

These are genetically inherited feelings. No one teaches a newborn to cry or be content. It is pure instinct.

These basic feelings and temperament are observably shared in common with at least other mammals. They are, a rudimentary self. A self-referential set of feelings, which as the animal grows, progressively display more complexity.

A human child, although having a relatively long developmental period, displays in time the same basic classes of feelings as we might observe in a dog or cat.

As we grow, we begin to display a more defined set of feelings. The key point is that, even as a mature adult, they are still feelings instilled by blind nature. No matter how nuanced, complex, and seemingly unfathomable our emotional world becomes, it is at heart, an animal emotional world.

One of the startling realisations one can have, once this process of blind nature’s endowment of feelings is understood, is that there is no one to blame. Further, shame and guilt, which are the socially created feelings most commonly used to mould a rudimentary self, can be dispensed with.

One can, on understanding the basis of being a “feeling being”, begin to intelligently understand one’s felt reality.

Making the decision to feel good, each moment again, come what may, as apposed to all the alternative feelings, is the first step in becoming free. In that moment one has, for the first time, stepped out of the “out of control” inheritance of blind nature, into the possibility of everything written about on the Actual Freedom Trust website.

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