Originally Posted by Beingist
Sorry, I missed the question (too much on my plate, presently). I see now that you asked--
Whatever has happened in our conversations, Arc, know this--I very much appreciate how you can really cut to the chase.
What is, (for lack of a better way of describing it), is what is. This can be what we perceive (i.e., appearances), or what is, I suppose one could say, behind the appearances (i.e., cause). I guess you could say it's simply everything. All. I mean, you name it, and, well, that's what "is"--events or existence; Truth or Falsehood; thoughts or emotions, whatever.
An example: let's say a plane crashes, and kills 200 people. Now, you could say it's a "bad" thing, for many reasons, or you could even say it was a good thing, since, perhaps, it resulted in some regulation that prevented it from happening again. But, whatever you say or think about it, it doesn't remove from the fact that a plane crashed, killing 200 people. The plane crash, with all it's causes and consequences and meanings, is What Is, in this case. Of course, it's but one event in an infinite universe of events, and it may have affected a number of people (more than 200, I would expect, if you include the friends and family of those who died) in an entire universe of creatures. But it's only an example of What Is.
For me, What Is, is Reality (as opposed to the "actuality" of the perceived plane crash, which is perceived subjectively). You could call it "Isness" or (as one friend called it) "Beingness". It's what is so about .. well, everything. It's along the lines of Reject's "Objectivity", I think.
But, then, that's my understanding. You might understand it as something different, I don't know, and I'm not going to argue with how you understand it, because I can accept What Is, and in some cases, What Is is understood by different peeps differently.
Beyond that, I really can't explain it, anymore than LoAers can explain how the LoA works. There are a lot of things that simply can't be described, as you know, I'm sure.
What does it mean to you?