There are some illusions related to our life. Magicians rely on tricks and illusions that will keep their audiences enchanted and they also need to ensure that their professional secrets are well guarded. This happens till the time the audience remains ignorant. And then comes a time when the audience understands the trick and realizes that they’ve been duped. The world we live in is a world of illusion. We consistently try to become something that is not us in the very least, for everyday of our entire eventful lives. It’s a direct result of our authoritarian-corporate-consumer culture.
This way of disempowering the masses is the way of psychopaths. It isn’t acceptable behavior. The revolutionary street artist that Bansky was, said famously, ‘People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small.
They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.’
It only begins with Advertising, that’s all. We’re really not very different from slaves in the real sense of the word. In a way that we’re programmed and we know as to only this is exactly what we can and may not do or accomplish even. There are illusions that haven’t allowed us to move a muscle and remain in the trance like state that we like to call our lives.
1. The Illusion of Law, Order and Authority
Most of us follow law as its more or less a moral obligation. We do it despite rampant corruption, scandals and other negative happenings stare us in the face while telling us that the powerful bend the law as a matter of pure routine. American Police’s brutality and criminality is notorious enough already.
The courts literally belong to the rich, state surveillance has made people bid adieu to their privacy. The illegal and immoral Orwellian permanent war rages on in the background of life, murdering and destroying whole nations and cultures.
The social order is predicated on conformity, obedience and acquiescence. And these are enforced by fear of violence. The law doesn’t seem to be following the law. History does teach us one thing though, there is no law, there is no order, and there is no justice. The pomp and trappings of authority are merely a concealment of the truth.
2. The Illusion of Prosperity and Happiness
Instead of going after genuine prosperity, people are into super expensive clothes and furs and all things bling. Amassing collections of material possessions that would be the envy of any 19th century monarch is being trendy. The foundation of our economy is built on consumption, fraud, credit and debt. The banking system itself has been engineered from the top down to create unlimited wealth for some while taxing the eternity out of the rest of us. True prosperity is an abundance of health, happiness, love and joyful relationships.
4. The illusion of Choice and Freedom
People do not enjoy the kind of freedom that everybody’s birth right should be. We aren’t free. In a big way, freedom means having the choice. The choice to live and coexist as you please. Choice means a selection between available options, always from within the confines of a corrupt legal and taxation system and within the boundaries of culturally accepted and enforced norms. Modern democracy is a fine example. The illusion of choice and freedom is dangerous territory. Its everybody on their own!
5. The Illusion of Truth
The truth doesn’t come to us from the demigods of media, celebrity, and government. It’s a bitter truth is all. We are not supposed to believe wholeheartedly in whatever the TV tells us to believe. We need to reason with our own selves as well as the people around us. Independent thinkers and journalists continually blow holes in the official versions of reality. Being one of such people is what our goal should be.
7. The Illusion of Time
Time isn’t money. There’s hardly any real connect between the two. Time is basically connected in principle to one’s life. The big deception here is the reinforcement of the idea that the present moment is of little to no value, that the past is something we cannot undo or ever forget, and that the future is intrinsically more important than both the past and the present. But you cannot ignore either your past or your present because an uncertain future.
8. The illusion of Separateness
The illusion of separateness runs deep. We tend to believe quite early in life as to being in competition with everyone and everything around us, including our neighbors and even mother nature. It isn’t very right to ignore that all living beings exist in tandem with each other.