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What are Orders of Awareness?

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We use one term to represent four or more levels or orders of awareness. Events occur on the subatomic level, and the object we perceive as a pencil is already one order of awareness up from what really exists, pure matter/energy.

The thought or idea of a pencil in our mind is yet up another level of awareness, and then the word 'pencil' is higher still. Four orders or levels of awareness are involved in anything we talk about using words.
All words are up four levels from reality.

Many people, hearing on the word 'pencil' confuse these orders not keeping in mind the absolute difference between words, ideas and things and what is really happening 'out there'.

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"Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things."
--Samuel Madden, Boulter's Monument (1745)

"I am not yet so lost in lexicography, as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven. Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas."
--Samuel Johnson, Dictionary of the English Language (1775)

"We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if only words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves."
--John Locke, An Essay concerning Human Understanding (1690)

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