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BLOG 1 – PART 1 I was asked to write first about Materialism and about being materialistic

BLOG 1 – PART 1 I was asked to write first about Materialism and about being materialistic

There is a clear distinction between materialism and materialistic, though often people use the term materialism to define how other people are materialistic. Materialistic people are excessively concerned with material possessions and are therefore ambitions and goals of such individuals become money-oriented. On the other hand, by Wikinition: ‘’Materialism is a form of philosophical monism which holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all phenomena, including mental phenomena and consciousness, are results of material interactions.’’ This sounds complicated at first, I will explain it further, hopefully for anyone who doesn’t understand right now what that means, by the end of this article should be able to understand a little more (if not I am obvs open to questions). In my personal opinion (since this is my blog :D) materialistic culture illuminates the ultimate necessity for human kind to learn to become exactly that, human, and importantly kind, philosophical ideologies such as that of materialism can relate to this, I shall hopefully shed light on what I mean:
Materialism explored further (defenitions from wikipedia)...

• Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.
• Monism is a theory or doctrine that denies the existence of a distinction or duality in a particular sphere, such as that between matter and mind, or God and the world.
• Matter is physical substance in general, as distinct from mind and spirit; (in physics) that which occupies space and possesses rest mass, especially as distinct from energy.
• Einstein's theory of relativity, 1905: When an object is at rest (relative to the observer), it has the usual (inertial = tendency to resist an applied force) ‘rest mass' of the object.
Materialism therefore in simple terms is a theory about how existence can’t be both physical and spiritual, that objects derived from nature, but not the energy within the objects, result in mental and consciousness phenomena. For the purpose of this article, the concept of materialistic cultural behaviour will be explored (eventually though not until the philosophy has been described). Humans are social creatures. Human collective behaviour is both a cognitive and an instinctive physiological process, therefore is the result of mental phenomena which is why materialism somewhat ties into being materialistic. I wholly agree with regards to the fact that physical matter is an important determinant of behaviour, look at how such matter unfortunately obtains a power in the ego’s of so many, including at times myself (guilty as charged). I see a flaw however in the philosophy of materialism in that energy should be considered not as distinct, but as connected: it is the biological driver of all behaviour, and can only convert from one form to another. In many ways the energy of physical matter influences choice, the ability to make decisions, and therefore the phenomena which result as a consequence of decisions. After all every action really does have an opposite and equal reaction.
When I was looking into materialism as a philosophy I found also that there are other philosophies which attempt to explain reality, such as idealism, and spiritualism. Idealists philosophies assert that reality, or reality as we can know it, is fundamentally mental, mentally constructed, or otherwise immaterial. Of course there is power in the mind. Individual thoughts govern the actions of individuals and collective thoughts most likely also govern the thoughts of others. This sets up a stage for conflict, compromise, and control within societies which subsequently gives rise to culture. I have been asked to write about a materialistic culture, to me there is an array of thoughts which spring to mind concerning the topic which demonstrates how everything is finely interconnected. However I can not relate to the idealistic idea that there could possibly be only mental power driving behaviour, when the power of feelings, spiritually and physically feed into brain- can you?
Spiritualist philosophy in contrast to materialism or idealism, takes into account an intangible element of reality, many, though not all of such philosophies, define the spiritual reality as the only real reality, and the spirit as a distinct form of energy. I would like to challenge such concepts. A happy spirit depends on the energy of the mind (in other words emotions/ energy in motion) and the energy of which the body consumes (chemical energy obtained from the physical source of food): therefore whilst energies are distinct they also exist in duality. Being in ‘’good spirit’’ is a common term used to denote a person in a state of happiness. Happiness is an emotion which results from biological interactions within the physical body, which gives rise to an intangible, yet real emotion. Having a ‘’good spirit’’ is used to describe people who are kind; why? Because the spirit is not separate from physical reality, distinct yes, but separate — no. The human spirit is inevitably intangible, however if you have ever experienced emotions then it will be known to yourself that human emotion drives behaviour, motivation, personality and mood. Spiritual, idealist and materialist philosophies all appear to me to disconnect things, however everything in its entirety is connected to something else. I have yet to come across a single biological system, even down to the smallest cells, which do not connect to a wider reality. — I am not only a philosophical thinker, I believe in a lot, I believe there is a god, that god is good, and that people can be good, but I do not believe in a religion anymore, only that there is some truth in all religion, and that if people utilised only the teachings by religions which helped the rest of humanity the world will be a better place (for themselves especially). All religions hold’s some truth and some misconceptions, the same applies for the principles of philosophy. Existence is mental, physical, and spiritual. Now don’t get me wrong I am not trying to exert my beliefs on anyone, though I am going to use philosophy to elucidate some of the many concerns which are attributable to materialistic culture. I would simply like for people to question themselves, every thought means a different thing between individuals, which is what makes us each special and I don’t consider my viewpoint as necessarily the most true, only it is to me true so I am happy to share.

As for the interconnectivity of matter- I believe that the energy in matter, matters so. People feel emotions. Emotions require cognitive physiological processes fuelled by biological energy, and are also in themselves energetic processes which contribute to spiritual well- or unwellness. The most important form of energy for life is the energy which fuels life itself. Everything has it’s own energy, the most vital for living beings is the energy which we consume however, as we all know, there are problems with the way humans consume energy, the type of energy we consume, the way our energy is produced, and wasted, and the inequality of distribution of energy globally. Materialistic behaviour is destroying mother earth, whilst minimalistic or altruistic behaviour has the potential to revert the damage which human kind exerts not only to the earth but to one another. Materialistic behaviour is a product of human pride and ego, in contrast to minimalistic or caring behaviour is the product of understanding, empathy and compassion. In philosophy not everything can be proven with solid scientific evidence, however intuition can be used to describe interconnection between the philosophies outlined above (materialism, idealism, and spiritualism) I shall attempt to describe both the physical tangible damage that materialistic cultures cause to nature, or to human nature at both an individual and a global level.

In all actuality the second half of the first blog really deserves its own blog — at some point in time...

What are the challenges that the world faces with materialism?

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