The Reality of Fantasy
Posted by Universal Shift
Missy: I wish that life were a fairy tale.
Sigmund: You mean you think it isn’t?
Missy: Of course it isn’t.
Sigmund: Why not?
Missy: There is a line between fantasy and reality, you know.
Sigmund: Oh really?
Missy: Yes. Really.
Sigmund: The only lines are the ones we create in order to construct reality. It’s a collaborative effort on everybody’s part… an unspoken agreement of sorts that a tree is a tree and a glass is a glass and a cigarette burns if you put it to your skin. And those who can’t accept that, well we have special little places for them. But, if everyone were to suddenly decide that they believed without a shadow of a doubt that all humans had huge feathery wings sprouting from their backs and cars weren’t cars at all but were really a species of flightless land dragon then-
Missy: I don’t believe that for a second.
Sigmund: Which is exactly why it isn’t true.
Missy: I don’t believe that either.
Sigmund: Well then I won’t tell you what it’s like to be in two places at once.
Scene from “The Devil and Tom Jones” by Jason DeGray
Everybody has some concrete belief and a measure of faith, which are embedded within the reality in which they exist. They act as a cornerstone on which a person’s entire reality is constructed. To shake such faith or beliefs is to unsettle a person’s very notion of reality. Most people are not mentally or spiritually equipped to handle such a degradation of their world.
Throughout a person’s life, their view of reality is conditioned by external influences and internal perceptions of experiences. People construct realities based on societal, cultural and familial influences. “Reality” is dictated to us and ingrained within us from birth. We are trained to perceive reality in a particular way. We are taught the unspoken rules like “This is a tree” and “This is a dog.” As we get older we are infused with morals and values. “This is right, this is wrong.” And we are all victims of this type of reality conditioning. It is necessary in that it allows us to function on a physical level in which we can communicate with each other and react to the world around us. In essence, it allows us to gain experiences. And brilliantly, just like snowflakes, no two people experience the world in exactly the same way. The “world as you know it” is exactly that.
Everything within the “world as you know it” is real and what you consider to be fictional or unrealistic notions, beliefs or ideas are rejected. The cycle has begun. You begin to only experience what strengthens your already preconceived “truths” or “laws.” Things not known or misunderstood simply cease to exist. And so the rational mind has no room for God and vice versa.
About Universal ShiftI am the Sonata Unusual. I coat myself with some obtuse angle too far below zero to become any warmer. I create motivation, activate schemas, moisten gardens with scents of natural honeydew. Construct this meaning, you sleepy flock. Silence your singing—despairing contortions out of tune. Shatter the brittle butterfly glass with your hideous wailing. I am born of my god’s imagination. When I die I shall meet him. For there are many things to discuss over tea…or scotch.
Posted on September 11, 2012, in Author, Fiction, Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality, Spirituality, writing and tagged Devil, experience, Faith, fantasy, feathery wings, glass, God, morals and values, Philosophy, plays, Reality, shadow of a doubt, Society, theater, Tom Jones, tree. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.