THE TWO BASIC INGREDIENTS
for the NATURE OF REALITY
SPIRITUAL & MATERIAL
Over thousands of years, humans have developed “trust lists” based on two options concerning the fabric of reality: the spiritual world and the material world. A grid built from these two options results in four possible “trust lists”: Idealism, Materialism, Dualism, Theism.
trust that only the spiritual realm exists as ultimate reality.
trust that reality consists exclusively of the periodic table of elements, electricity, and waves.
posit that both are real and exist as extensions of each other—although dual in nature, essentially one.
believe that both exist, but the spiritual realm and the material realm coexist independently and interdependently.
TWO BASIC INGREDIENTS for the NATURE OF REALITY: SPIRITUAL and MATERIAL
Most philosophers agree that Plato and Aristotle’s dialogue on the nature of reality is a foundation for all human interaction concerning reality. Over thousands of years, humans have developed “Trust Lists” based on their perspectives of the two options for the substance of Prime Reality: the spiritual world and the material world. A grid built from these two entities results in the possibility of four foundational “Trust Lists”: Idealism, Materialism, Dualism, and Theism. Pure Idealists trust that only the spiritual truly exists as ultimate eternal prime reality. Authentic Materialists trust that reality consists exclusively of the measurable material world of the periodic table of elements, electricity, and waves. Complete Dualists or Pan-Theists posit that both realms are real and exist as extensions of each other—although dual in nature, essentially one entity with no authentic true distinctions or real separations. True Theists believe that both entities exist, but the spiritual realm and the material realm co-exist independently, interdependently, and intra dependently, with deep connectivity yet actual real distinctions. These four perspectives contain ALL of the isms, religions, ways, beliefs, cults, heresies, ideologies, worldviews and seekers of Truth. Therefore, every individual will, by necessity, find himself or herself somewhere on the Trust List Grid when answering Life’s Essential Queries. In some respects The Trust List is simply another way of organizing and seeing; it is a fresh empowering way to navigate life’s biggest questions and a concise effective way to approach the daunting array of worldviews. We all seek satisfying answers and fulfilling resolution to the natural tensions of daily living; in essence, in our search for peace and authenticity we are all trusting one of, or blending from a few of, the four answers to each of the “Seven Big Philosophy Questions.” Failure to find one’s self drawing from these four lists is usually indicative of a lack of awareness of the object of a person’s trust or a lack of awareness of the consequences of what that trust brings. Being unaware usually results in feelings of being overwhelmed, underwhelmed, unfulfilled, or unfruitful. However, an appropriate alignment and awareness of consequences of our choices—especially concerning the nature of reality—simultaneously creates unity, peace, and freedom while reducing internal conflict and confusion. An honest assessment of the object of trust and the outcomes of this trust leads to clarity and a deeper sense of ownership and vitality; thus this accessible approach to worldviews is empowering and engaging and inspiring.