I’ve always wanted to write a book title something like ‘the nature of the world according to ablestmage’ and along that facetious vein, I’ve decided to come up with the master list of personal habits each person should personally strive for, toward world peace. These things should not be legislated or required — but rather, each person on their own ought to strive for them, at their own pace.
1. Understand the Three-Plus concept of identity. I believe failure to grasp this concept is the most important obstruction to world peace.
Three-Plus is a concept of identity I have formulated to describe the number of identities each individual has. Each of the Three-Plus are distinct identities, different from each other and understood by varying sources. Each identity within the Three-Plus always exists, and there is no individual who has less than three, ever.
(a) the first identity is the true identity, which is a mystery to everyone else including the individual.
The true identity is the actual number of hairs on one’s body, the actual number of teeth, the actual genetic sequences, etc, at any given moment. The true identity always stays true and is never false, because it is made up of all of the actual details about a person, and may change moment to moment such as “current actual pulse rate” or “current volume of air in the lungs” that could be accurately measured if the technology existed to assist in the awareness of it.
If it were possible to view a data stream of all completely true aspects of a person, every entry would fluctuate (some more entries more rapidly than other entries) depending on things like the actual number of hairs on a person’s body, the actual length of every hair according to all degrees of measurement, the speed of each molecule and cell in the body relative to everything other molecule or cell elsewhere in the universe, etc.
The first identity is a mystery, because it is impossible for the individual to grasp all of these elements of themselves simultaneously.
(b) the second identity is the individual person’s best guess of their own first identity.
The second identity is always cumulatively false, although it may be scattered with numerous true aspects. Each person has a general understanding of “who I am” in regard to themselves. For instance, they may believe, “my ankle hurts when I run,” or, “I remember all of the lyrics to We Built This City,” or, “I have romantic feelings toward Danielle,” and each of those aspects about themselves make up the overall second identity.
Also, that overall second identity is always incomplete, because of the implausibility of fully realizing every element fully, simultaneously. As one grows older, a greater number of variable of oneself may become more fully realized, and the impression of oneself may alter to account for new variables experienced later that provides better inside to the impression of oneself, but it will always remain incomplete with always more to discover about oneself.
Also, the greatest authority over who knows best, or who has the “best total guess” of the true identity of someone is that person themself, who has had the most direct experience with theirself than anyone else. Only the individual can alter the second identity.
(c) the third identity is an external impression of the individual by a different individual.
Perhaps more importantly, the number of third identities that exist are multiplied by one or more, for every other individual who has ever or will ever exist. If someone named Urgu from 404 BC/E at any point wondered about the future of all people who would ever exist, then every person in the future would add “Urgu’s musings about me” to the list of their third identities. If Jamal from down the street thinks Tamira from apartment 404 is cute, then “Jamal’s musings about Tamira” is a third-identity of Tamira.
Also, the authority of the actual understanding of the third identity rests exclusively with the other person and cannot be changed by the person the identity is about. The person the identity is about might be able to influence change of that impression, but the decision to alter the impression rests exclusively with person making the external impression.
Also, the third identity is always cumulatively less accurate than the second identity, because the third identity can only have an outsider’s understanding of the person and never direct experience AS the person.
>>The second identity will absolutely not and can never even possibly be governed by a third identity.
If there is a suspicion that the second identity is influenced by the third, then the person misunderstands the concept of the second.
You decide how you think. If you take others’ thinking about you into consideration to influence your impression of yourself, you are still the sole and entire authority to decide whether to find that impression valid or invalid.
If you dismiss a third identity’s impression of you, then it is by your authority that it was dismissed, and therefore a matter of the second identity only.
If you accept a third identity impression of you, then it is by your authority that it is accepted, and therefore a second identity matter only.
Your understanding of yourself is yours to make, regardless of whether the information of that impression comes from direct experience or others’ assertions.
>> It is fully possible for the third identity to grasp something that the second does not or may never grasp. For instance, a baby who dies may have never grasped the concept of what hair is, but a third identity can observe whether the baby had any hair.
>> The first identity is the most credible, because all of it is always true and is not influenced by bias. If a datum is possible to be influenced by bias, then it is not an aspect of the first identity. The first identity can contain, however, the unbiased actuality of the biased datum.
>> The first identity is made up of every possible datum about the individual, including the curvature of every angle of every blood cell’s surface; the quantity of waste of every cell in the body and what that waste is composed of and broken down by quantity each; the volume of molecular absorption of each pore of a person’s skin, including how many of which molecule of which substance has been absorbed thereby, as well as the width, depth, curvature, circumference, relative angle, or bacterial contents of each pore; the actual number of neurons in the individual brains, including firing frequency, firing tendency, efficacy of the neuron for its intended purpose, strength of the neuron’s connection to other neurons, efficacy of re-transmitting the identical data through it compared to other neurons; even down to things like how many unique alphanumeric characters the individual has ever typed in the individuals lifetime, what liquid volume of tears shed about losing a loved one, how many times the person has blinked, how many traumatic experiences an individual has endured before a certain age and whether those events were actually traumatic to the individual or actually just imagined implications had the event transpired differently, among others.
>> The first identity also includes the actual number and accuracy of the second person and third person data points made about others, and no datum can be crowded out by any other datum of itself.
>> The second identity is not very credible. Although it is is the best non-first identity at being able to most-credibly describe one’s own first identity to another, it will always be cumulatively inaccurate because (a) it cannot grasp all aspects of itself simultaneously.
>> The third identity is the very least credible and least-even-potentially-credible impression of someone else, because (a) it does not involve (and can’t) actually having experienced that person within that person’s body; (b) of how much data/focus is required to even grasp the third identity’s offerer’s own second identity; and (c) how much data/focus is required to grasp all of the other third identities the third identity’s offerer’s offer about all other individuals.
>> Killing someone for any reason is the highest possible crime to identity, because it discards actual methodical investigation of someone’s identity and always prefers the least credible third-identity view of a person as the foundation for the action. Also, it artificially halts the the liberty of the person to maintain and explore their own second identity, and also renders most of the data points of the first identity to static positions and therefore unexplorable by third identities.
I believe that if this Three-Plus concept of identity could be grasped by all persons, then world peace would be possible.