The Real You

Life is like the Matrix, do you really know who you are sometimes?

I think we are being lied to about as much as person can be living in a media generation (ie: tv, radio, internet, billboards). Yes you heard it here, advertising is basically a fresh spin on lying. Plus the news, the news is basically spinning stories into someone’s perspectives, more lies if you will. We’re being lied to from every direction it’s really getting tough to make a conscience choice on what is true and what is fabricated.

News flash: It’s basically all fabricated. The reality is you are living in a media savvy world that is hell bent on having you ‘believe’ whatever ‘they’ say (‘they’ meaning whatever channel your watching). ‘They’ being basically whoever has the money to do such things.

Hmmm, is global warming real? Hmmm, is Islam really that terrible? Hmmm, are these pills safe for consumption? Hmmm, is the food I eat healthy? Hmmm, is this plastic bottle safe to drink out of? Hmmm…everything has to be questioned because were being lied to sooooo much these days.

I blame Capitalism for this idiotic mess. He with the most money may speak the loudest, may not be true but they can speak the loudest and most often. Truth is, the more often you hear something the more apt you are to accept the idea. We need a god-damn breakthough.

Like the Matrix! You need to realize the world in front of your eyes is largely based on lies. Behind it there is something that is ‘actual’ and ‘real’ and ‘honest’ and ‘true’…but you must search for that because ‘they’ aren’t giving that piece of land up very quickly.

Your Mind.

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20 thoughts on “The Real You

  1. Do my eyes deceive me? You mean you DO care about what is actual, real, honest, and true? If so, then by what method of inquiry will you deem trustworthy? Revelation? Personal accounts? Attribution? Tradition?

    Be still, my beating heart! Can it be that you are now willing to embrace methodological naturalism over woo?

    Naw. I don’t think you have the intellectual cojones for it.

    Still, I’ve been wrong before and may be so again in this matter. I will wait with bated breath and girded loins, temporarily suspend my gnashing of teeth and wait before I rend more clothes, to see if you have indeed come over into the light of reason. And then all shall be revealed…! (Yes, for all intents and purposes global warming is a non-debatable fact, while the rest is more open to a sliding scale of probabilities.)

  2. Holy Shit tildeb you sure are a nasty secularist. Nothing wrong with some good ole fashion WOO, it makes some of the “real” days seem so much more palatable. Oh, and in case you werent looking, your world is pretty much just as fake as the religionist or WOO person.

    Jason

    I recommend you read 2 books. Risk by Dan Gardner and Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha. I think you may appreciate the different views expressed by them. 🙂

    Merry Christmas Buddy

    • Nasty? You call that nasty? My, what a sheltered life you must lead. My advice: put aside two woos a day and you’ll feel better the next morning.

      In the meantime, have a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

  3. reason is in the eye of the beholder, even our reason is subjective and fabricated. set aside your intellectual snobbery and embrace nihilism and then you’ll get it.

    or you see that even in our lies (reason, woo, or otherwise) there is some truth and insight. that there might be larger patterns at work, patterns you couldn’t comprehend with 100% of your brain, with your smartest friends, or the best of humanity. it’s bigger than us. it’s real. and the only way we can talk about it is through art and metaphor. as Picasso stated, art is the lie that tells the truth.

    • See, it’s evidence like “Reason is in the eye of the beholder,” that shows the clear lack of intellectual cojones necessary for your quest, where respecting what’s true is equated in your comfy and cozy and tolerant broken thinking to mean intellectual snobbery. You write that you want what’s actual, real, honest, and true, but are simply unwilling to sacrifice the woo and thoughtless cognitive pablum to find it.

      And Picasso was mostly right, I think. You still need a guide and a common language to get you to experience it through art, but that’s what differentiates great art from craft.

    • Yes, science continues to come up short, otherwise we’d already know everything. Science is a METHOD and not a conclusion. As a method of inquiry, it sure is funny how it continues to produce practical, reliable, consistent, and applicable answers. Of course, so do religious answers… except for the practical, reliable, consistent, and applicable products from this different kind of knowledge, that is. One would think that when even no two religions can find agreement with the conclusions of their special brand of so-called ‘knowledge’ people would be wise enough to distrust entirely the method that informs such contrary faith-based beliefs. Yet they don’t….

  4. “where respecting what’s true is equated in your comfy and cozy and tolerant broken thinking to mean intellectual snobbery. ”

    funny thing.. i don’t follow religion and science because it reinforces my biases and prejudice but because it gets me OUT of them. i think this is the best post i’ve seen on the meaning of Christmas (as in putting together a larger pattern and spiritual truths in our tradition). i think this author really nails it. but it can’t be true because it’s religious and you KNOW that religion contains no truth… so never mind.

    • Nails what? How we treat each other? For years, people have been pointing out how disappointed jesus-of-scripture would be if he came back and saw how ‘good’ christians treat others. When social welfare is dependent on religious largess, one can expect to be greatly disappointed in equity, fairness, and kindness for anyone outside the faith. The motivation is all skewed to do good under the religious banner not for goodness’ sake but for the sake of advertising some chauvinistic god. That’s why social welfare should be a matter of the secular state to address.

      And, no, I don’t want and have no need for a messiah, thank you very much.

  5. i think Jesus already figured that part out when he stated “For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” (Luke 16:8).

    “The motivation is all skewed to do good under the religious banner not for goodness’ sake but for the sake of advertising some chauvinistic god. ”

    again, you misunderstand me and my tradition without bothering to figure out what i’m talking about. my religion is not about worshiping some man-in-the-sky being, rather it’s about being one with the ground of being, which honors all, humanizes instead of demonizes, and is nonviolent to a self-sacrificial level. it’s a tall order, but that’s what i’m after and see my tradition pointing to. it’s complex and hard and counter-intuitive from how i’ve learned and what our culture tells us to value and live and i misunderstand and fail at it often. yet it is what it is.

    • But Z1G, you don’t need any superstitious nonsense to examine the ground of your being: all you need to do is love and respect what wisdom means and then undertake its pursuit. Most of us call it ‘philosophy’ and no amount of woo will enhance or inform it. Quite the opposite, in fact.

  6. “Most of us call it ‘philosophy’ and no amount of woo will enhance or inform it” (tildeb)

    Philosophy is concerned with some pretty generic questions though that kind of side-steps scientific reasoning. In fact religion and ideology would both fall on this platform of thought. Unless there is something inherently bad about philosophy then I am not sure why religion is so bad?

    In fact, most of the world around us is governed by political ideologies which have no real basis in ‘fact’…but in supposition – like Capitalism. Yet, I don’t see you arguing that one. Heck, even economics is not solidifiable – it’s a philosophy – and a pretty crappy one we see with credit and debt globally (from the West).

    Yet for some reason having religion is punishable by you tildeb? I agree with some of your talking points – granted – concerning reason and honesty…but cannot a religious thinker contain those qualities we uphold in ideological society? I tend to think religion doesn’t have to get in the way of clear and honest thinking patterns. Hooray?

    Fact is most of what we call society around is subjective in its appeal – not science based fact – and we all live in that reality. For me, religion is a type of philosophy that I adhere to – kind of like adhering to Capitalism or Marxism. Are those true? Well, to some yes and to others contentious…life is quite subjective in it’s current reality. I just offically call it the way I see it – 1/2 is lies and the other 1/2 is personal subjectivity that makes te Western World revolve. Science is really a side-bar option at this point – only entering the convo when we need better pills for depression and bigger, smarter bombs…or plastics that don’t kill us. Even science is being used subjectively by human ideologies.

  7. This post is very Marxian and perhaps was not intended to be at all…. but I find that interesting.

    In ‘Capital Volume I’ Marx specifically speaks of ‘commodity fetishism’ – an illusion, smoke-screen, in other words: ideology – and the world of ‘appearances’ which is ever-present. Of course, the good scholar and materialist observer must get beyond these mere appearances in order to establish actual ‘processes’ and ‘relations’ within the totality of the system.

    Jason is looking at the surface appearance of capital and is noticing patterned ideals, ideological thoughts, “lies”, etc. Marx would approve of this line of reasoning but he of course would carry it through to some very tough logical conclusions. What is it about capitalism that compels societal actors toward blind acceptance of the valorization and realization of capital through wage-labour? Does wage-labour fuel the system.

    What is ideology? Here is the most basic explanation given by Marx: ‘they do not know it, but they are doing it’. This is not an easy one to figure out but it is complete in its simplicity regadring the workings of ideology and our blind acceptance of capitalist ideology. Zizek has very clear thoughts on this and I will try to post a complete thought on my blog in the future.

    But, for the time we have scratched the surface and we must go deeper. I suggest a reading and then re-reading of ‘Capital, Volume I’ and if you do not have the heart to get through the 800 pages (I suggest that you definitely should) then read David Harvey’s ‘A Companion to Marx’s Capital’ it is easy to understand and is a great place to start with Marx.

  8. I have my obvious problems with the Capitalist system, namely it’s driving more and more for profit and taking more and more of people’s precious time – and for what exactly? To help feed a monster that owns some 95% of the capital while we continue to feed it.

    Not sure I will get the chance to read those books any time soon, maybe in the future – I have to do readings for my graduate class in HR.

    My other problem would be the Captalist agenda mixed with media influences – what’s to be believed?

    • Yes, ‘The Corporation’ is a great place to start with regarding the modern critique of capital – definitely a must-see film. Naomi Klein’s ‘Shock Doctrine’ is also a great read on modern capitalism and its influences in our world, she is prevalent in that doc. But if you are specifically wanting to look at mass media then Noam Chomsky & Edward Herman ‘Manufactruing Consent’ is a great look at media and political economy. Chomsky asserts that we are living under a wonderful propaganda model and it is hard to disagree with that thesis.

  9. LOVED Manufacturing Consent. actually gave a sermon on it last year… weird thing is, i can’t find a copy of it. so it goes. i think we’re on a similar page here Johnny, which is a nice change for once 😉

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