Friday, May 17, 2019

Trust Body

Everyone has a body, in the physical world. This body consists of whatever most essentially connects to consciousness. Wherever my consciousness goes, my hands go and my liver and heart. I may identify so much with some physical object that it is virtually adopted into my physical body. During the day I wear shoes which might qualify as this, extensions of my body.

Everyone also has a body, in the world of relevance. What matters to us, what is relevant, what would hurt to lose, whatever constitutes in itself "raised stakes", is part of the "trust body". One's physical body usually but not always is part of this. We might be unaware of our physical bodies, or in extreme circumstances consider them "excremental" or harmful or useless, to-be-discarded. (Remember the hiker who had to cut his own arm off.) But all kinds of things, ideas, beliefs, relationships, people, objects, places, life realities, and the like can become part of our trust bodies.

Some people, perhaps eventually all people, want to entrust each of the parts of their trust bodies to one or more other people. We put the parts of ourselves into the care of other people, and they either uphold trustworthiness, or fail to, betray us. The drive to trust is fundamental to consciousness (see Fiducialism).

Life Realities

I can relate to another person in different ways. For instance, I can talk to someone. I can think about that person when away from them, or in the middle of talking to them. Later on, I can think about the fact that that person is in my life. I can think of a person as an era in my life, or a set of cascading consequences, tendencies they instill in me, consciously or unconsciously, tendencies causing new tendencies. It doesn't really make sense to attribute the further reaches of the fact of someone being in my life to the person themself, call them extensions of that person. So instead of calling them "the person of So-and-So" or simply "So-and-So", we can call them "the life reality of So-and-So".