The Golden Middle
All reality manifests through consciousness. And consciousness consists exclusively of subjective, individual experience: firstly somatic and sensory, and secondarily mental and conceptual. All the so called "objective entities" are 100% reducible to sensory and conceptual elements within human perception. Their "independent existence" outside of consciousness is no more than a presumption. We can, of course, presume such existence, but there is no way to prove it.
Neither existence nor nonexistence outside of consciousness may be proven, because all proving is done solely through consciousness. Thus, whatever we manage to show, will invariably reside within consciousness. And that which presumably exists (or does not) outside of consciousness, still shell remain an open question.
Presuming is an act of mind, and as such it constitutes an integral part of consciousness. Therefore, claiming that in fact there is (or isn't) an objective existence outside of consciousness amounts to a logical inconsistency. It simply cannot be known.
A dimension outside consciousness may by postulated only by consciousness. In order to confirm it, it would be necessary for consciousness to transcend itself. This, however, cannot be done, unless consciousness commits an act self-negation.
Only a consciousness which denies itself as such can claim to know objective reality, independent of the relationship with consciousness. Sadly, this is what happens routinely in our logically impeded civilization. What follows is a breakdown of the standard model of perceptive relationship, necessitating both a subject and an object. Such partial perceptivity produces a false notion that the objective world is primary and independent.
While reasoning according to the inculcated standards, you recognize various objects all around you, but you fail to recognize a much more essential existence of your own ability to perceive them. Thus, a human subject which warrants all existence by the defining criteria ends up being implicitly negated. This actually adds up to a standard human self-negation.
This is how you become a fallen being - an impotent, interpreting reality by self-negation. You acknowledge your own existence strictly because of your body, which you see as belonging to the category of objective entities. So, you consider yourself a physical object rather than a sovereign_and_self-defining_conscious_subject.
Incidentally (or maybe not!), the English language ascribes two opposite meanings to the word ‘subject’:
1) subject as a mind of conscious being, as opposed to objects (the less commonly known definition);
2) subject as a subservient being, under the power of authority (thus something equivalent to a physical object).
This linguistic dissonance affects you at the subconscious level, making it difficult to recognize yourself as sovereign_and_self defining_conscious_subjects.
Instead, you tend to understand being a subject in the other sense. As a self-negating conscious being, you easily accept yourself as a servile subject with respect to the social SYSTEM, without noticing any inconsistency. If this happens, you no longer define your own reality. Instead, you implicitly accept almost everything defined by the domineering social elites, passing for supreme authorities.
There is also another extremely partial perceptivity of the opposite kind. It is called solipsism. It is much less common than the popular self-negation, and yet it is equally wrong. While acknowledging only one’s own consciousness, it negates the external realm all together.
Negation of other human beings by the solipsist elites is just as groundless and illogical as the self-negation practiced by human multitudes. It looks like our planet sports two opposite categories of half-wittedness: one which claims that there is nothing outside of consciousness, and the other one which negates consciousness, acknowledging only objective existence.
But the realm outside of consciousness is unknown by definition. As such, it comprises the full spectrum of imaginable and unimaginable possibilities. It amounts to an all-inclusive, infinite potential. Nothing specific may be established or ruled out about it. All presumptions with respect to it are equally justifiable\unjustifiable. Yet, too often we tend to forget that our presumptions concerning that which is beyond the reach of our perception are no more than pure FAITH – unverifiable and completely free of empirical basis.
Still, the domain outside the reach of our perception constitutes the most powerful tool in our hands. Since everything hinges upon the realm unknown, we may legitimately assign a freely chosen context to the local world we know empirically. Thus we can define our reality, giving it sense and meaning of our choice.
So, the ultimate reality is such that it may be defined by our inner choices, and not by any objective factors within our reach. Forgetting it inescapably leads to mounting limitations, and to an eventual downfall.
We should make conscious choices keeping in mind that the postulates we make are totally arbitrary. They become real for us, because we accepted them as initial axioms. This is what the free will is all about. In this way we can direct our individual developments and collectively create our world.
Our present day fallen civilization is in large measure the result of our inability to distinguish these two essentially different approaches.
A healthy knowledge must constitute a bipolar, mutual relationship, necessitating both: a subject and an object. By negating either one we invariably fall into depravity and derailment.
So, do not negate yourself. In order for anything to exist, first and foremost there must be you, as the awareness which receives the stream of conscious flow. This is why all entities which manifest through your consciousness confirm you as their recipient, regardless of the secondary meanings that may be assigned to them.
Likewise, do not negate others, like the solipsists do. You have every right to assume an independent subjectivity in all other beings who manifest within your consciousness – thus reciprocating the self-confirmation which they oblige you with.
Only a fully bilateral relation may produce true stability. The golden middle is the state of such balance.