That which is extended is divisible. And, what is divisible remains inside the mind, which means it is contradictory to assume that any material substance can exist when not perceived. To be is to be observed. When an object, an idea, or a simple thought is not being engaged, or is absent from consciousness, there is nothing but a void, a complete nothingness. It does not necessarily mean that if I don’t perceive an object, it doesn’t exist. It may exist to another spirit and, hence, be a thing apart from my senses. However, if something is altogether without motion, figure, or relation that I can sense, it is, therefore, immaterial. I may touch a hot iron, or cross a bed of nails and, as far as I’m concerned, they exist for me. Any consciousness that relates to these material qualities would relate to their appearances and suffer, as the pure laws of nature would imply, the same pain and discomfort. Should these particular forces be unknowable, these agents of disturbance lying beyond the immediate realm of consciousness, they would have no effect whatsoever.
In order to think something, there must be something to think about. In order to perceive, or sense, something, there must be something to perceive or sense. The series of experiences allows for any object or thing perceived to alter or expand the experience depending upon the object itself. We learn from experience that fire burns when touched, however, there is some other force that is supplying the experience of the experience of being burned; a relatable law of nature that divides reason from the result and renders the consequences of the understanding. Reason forms the conditions under which experiences can be experienced. Consciousness is the condition for understanding reason and its empirical authority; moreover, the psychophysical appearances that lend themselves to relying on reason in the first place.
The settled laws of nature are the contents of ideas which relate to both spirit and body. It is the physical realm that the body falls subject to, while spirit, in its absolute purity, is its own essence and, conversely, understands a reality it cannot do without. A reality construed within itself as the vehicle for understanding, and an agent by which spirit knows itself as the essence of the body and the last form of being. And, moreover, the dividing force which, upon its extension into space, realizes it is truly an appearance of itself as being aware of its pure indivisibility.
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