Because of some family problems I won’t go into here, when I was growing up I struggled with escapism from my life and was desperately seeking reality.  It is not as easy as you might think to know what is real and what is not.  I am not talking about seeing things that aren’t there, or hearing voices or any stuff like that.

I am talking about knowing the difference between what TV commercials say about products (will that deodorant really make you sexier?), family created views of the world, and concepts of right and wrong that are instilled in many of us from the religion we grew up in.

We are all familiar with the phrase “seeing the world through rose colored glasses”, and “For him the glass is always half empty”. These phrases imply that people interpret the world through an internal filter that “colors” everything they think they know.

In illustration of that, I just finished a book by Joe Bageant called “Deer Hunting with Jesus” about America’s class war between those who have more than they need, and the working poor.  Bageant has a great way of  informing about the devastation of the America we thought we knew through telling intimate stories about the people in his hometown.  The working poor don’t even realize that they have been screwed by the system and then abandoned by the ‘liberals’.

The locals in Bageant’s home town Winchester, Virginia do not see the reality of their situation; they follow FOX news, watch professional sports and ‘reality’ shows on TV, and live out their lives fighting to stay one step ahead of the homeless.

My point is this; I just found a website that promotes reality as a religion.  No joke!  it’s at the website http://www.churchofreality.org.  I like this quote: “We care about what is real, not what we think is real or what we want to believe is real.”  That sentence is profound.   All of my life I have seen people that no matter how ‘good’ they are or how well meaning, see life through some internal lense and do not see what is really there.  I can see why they do this; generally speaking, life is not pleasant and people have a very hard time dealing with the awful things that people sometimes do to each other.  It is easier to live in a fantasy where they ‘color’ the world just enough to make it palatable.

The big problem with that is, those same people will fight to the death to keep their fantasies, and they cannot fix what is wrong if they deny that it exists.  It is a delusion that can be self destructive as well as contribute to the destruction of others.   It is the source of the “Blame the victim” mentality, seen everywhere from why women get raped to why there are poor people in America.

I will end this topic for now, and leave you with this hamster thought: “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.” – Douglas Adams. And one more: “He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.” – Douglas Adams, of course.

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