… beat reality.
Illusions make the world go round, so even though marketplaces look like enormous ranges of shops selling the latest variants of the emperor's new cloths, it is rare to find people who don't take part in the illusory rat-race.
I am more into another form for illusions, based on nature and quantum mechanics. Finding people who don't take part
in those illusions, is even rarer…
That very few will get the joke above, is not surprising. Most people are after all focusing mainly on securing their own ways of living.
This usually means they are not all that interested in the noble art of fact-finding for the sake of eliminating the need for illusions, as illusions are often all they got.
All that is fine with me, as I am all for letting people keep, and live in, their own illusions. Good illusions do tend to beat reality in everyday life, so no matter how unrealistic they may be there is no reason to shatter them unless it becomes unavoidable.
Leaving nature and quantum mechanics aside (who needs them anyway), illusions are plentiful in our societies. I dare say that most modern societies could not have survived without illusions, as that's what they are based on.
Fact-based illusions are not wide-spread though, probably because they would break most other illusions. Most illusions are rooted in, and can only be upheld by, beliefs. Facts don't fit in all that well in such illusory environments.
To expand on what I mean by fact-based vs belief-based illusions, look at the two objects pictured here.
One can be the focus of curses or dreams depending on where it is found. The other is a building.
If left alone over time, which of the two objects can, and will, take part in eventually bringing down the other?
Once you know the answer to that question, you will understand what I mean.
To most people, whatever they believe to be a fact, is a fact to them because that's what they believe it to be – a self-confirming circle of beliefs that needs no root in reality. Easy to build wide-spread illusions on such a base, and it is also very easy to create new illusions by teaching people what, and not the least who, to believe in.
To me a fact is a fact only when there is no other option, and maybe not even then. An illusion is just a temporary placeholder for whatever the true fact is, and as such the illusion itself does not matter much and can be changed in an instance.
Given time, facts will always survive and win over beliefs, which is why I base my temporary and very flexible
illusions on facts, and let others base their illusions on whatever beliefs they fancy at any given time.
And, yes, I stick to building my very own illusions based on facts, instead of building on pure facts and throw out all illusions. That's simply because I don't have all the facts about everything that matters to me, and have no choice but to temporarily fill the many holes in my knowledge with “something”. Knowing that that “something” is just an illusion, is the key here.
back to basics
Having a solid base of ones very own illusions, takes the stress out of life. With that taken care of, curiosity is left free to wander into previously unvisited areas, and to revisit more well-known ones to see if anything has changed since last visit. So many useful facts are just waiting to be discovered, understood and made use of.
Nature (and quantum mechanics) is more interesting than the latest fad. One actually gets something out of looking into the former, while the latter is better ignored.
Come to think of it, the dandelion above does look so much more impressive than the building. Clearly, nature knows a thing or two about design…
13.jul.2015 - changed image in first section in article and edited some text
13.jul.2015 - replaced and rearranged quotes in side-notes
13.sep.2016 - minor revision
last rev: 13.sep.2016