That word has come up quite a bit this week. Talking about how it feels to be newly married compared to just living in sin for a decade and the difference is qualia. What Aristotle said was that which need no demonstration- a known truth, qualia is understood personally, without science or physicality to define it. It was different before we were married. It was just different.
I realize now that I didn’t understand what it was. I had thought it was a characteristic. As it turns out, qualia is another way of seeing the object. A piece of the puzzle that when perceived enriches the entire conscious experience. It heightens comprehension, understanding, compassion and could be described as a step toward enlightenment.