I became a materialist when I realized that matter—physical things—are all that exist, and the way materials interact determines the course of history, and that nonmaterial things—also known as feelings, thoughts, and ideas—are the result of the interactions and movements of different chemicals in the brain, and that they have no existence or power of their own.

It was at this point that I ceased to be an idealist, or a person who believes that ideas or feelings themselves are what “truly” exist and influence and/or create what we perceive as reality. I realized that this understanding of reality’s construction and dynamics, which characterized much of my early years, was false.

Additionally, I realized that human life, or any life, or the world, or nature itself, has no intrinsic value, and it is only humans that care about our own existence—not nature, not God, not spirits. This led me to wonder how meaning can be created in life.

My conclusion is that the manner in which a person affects his or her material reality determines the meaning of his or her life. This page is my attempt to explore the implications and repercussions of that understanding, as it relate to our thoughts, values, convictions, actions, and ideas of power, authority, freedom, justice, love, truth, and reality.

 

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