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    Metaphysics (WIP)
    Context: just watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
    Words are spells unto the mind (as opposed to the material world); NB and look up “incantation”
    The mind/intellect grasps/understands reality. Words can be and usually are involved in this process.
    Convincing a person that p is a unique task... one of the highest order, I think.

    The will
    The intellect
    The spirit
    The desire
    The soul
    The body
    The mind

    |The will| the means by which we demonstrate loyalty/priority, or imply our values
    Because we live in a finite world, our choices are discrete and at the expense of / mutually exclusive of other choices. Thus, the will can only be exercised linearly, and which ever object is current is most important.
    |The intellect| understands reality, which in turn informs the will
    Reality is the sphere in which we apply the will. Our will can affect reality. However, that influence is bounded by reality’s mechanisms. Those mechanisms are understood by the intellect, which informs the will by perceiving the nature of its influence on reality.
    |The desire| we want
    The desire provides the objective for the will.
    We have desires. Our intellect understands relationships between reality and the satisfaction of those desires. We apply the will according to that understanding.
    There is a structure of desires—frequently hierarchical because of the causal nature of reality. Many desires depend upon a variety of conditions, and desire thus flows along that structure of dependency. Such a structure implies original desires, possibly fundamental and/or universal.
    * Are there axiomatic desires? That is, desires so desired by definition? E.g. that which is good/beneficial/best?
    * What about the dynamism of desire? They can change. Moreover, they can be learned/unlearned...
    * Am I saying that the application of the will is a function of the desire? I.e., if one were not to have any desires, one would not apply the will?
    |The spirit| that which animates the will
    The spirit is dynamic, it fluctuates. It determines emotions and feelings.
    |The soul| bears the eternal consequences of the will
    Every exercise of the will leaves characterizes/impresses/shapes the soul for eternity (in contrast to the temporal effects of the will on reality).
    |The mind| possesses the conclusions of the intellect, seat of belief
    When the intellect understands a part of reality, that understanding takes residence in the mind in such a way that the will need not (or tends not to) consult/implement the intellect, but defaults on the stored understanding. The mind also holds our beliefs.
    *What is the belief making process? How do we come to believe that p? What are the roles of the intellect, spirit, and will?
    |The body| the will’s means of interacting with material reality

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