Ott 18 2010, 18:23
Widespread Social Self-Deception - A Discourse.
Piercing the Darkness, p.61-64: “wide spread social self deception”; what is also termed as “fluid fiction” - to present the world with varying different images of the self that fits into the socially accepted standards and norms without question. These various images may often, though not always, contain varying degrees of fragments or aspects of the true persona hidden within a self-imagined or self-created projection of ‘ideal’ character; all being therefore parts of a single identity that are replaced or switched in accordance to any given situation or environment that is experienced at any one given time. These subsequent ‘images’ exist within the whole of the persona as self-sufficient parts of the “person definition”, yet they tend to be separated from each other and they have the ability to interchangeable in an instant at any given point when required to. The exchanging of these images bear some resemblance to what is known as schizophrenia but contradictory to this illness the personal characteristics of the whole is not altered but merely hidden by a facade that does not define the essential qualities of that person as a whole. Depending of the variables inserted within each image or facade, society will then accept this “presented self” as fact merely on the basis of it fitting into the norm or a specific “mind set” dictated by expectation; projections of ‘self’ that are persistently present even though it’s not the actual truth. We learn each day how we should react in accordance to certain stimuli within a set of parameters that is determined by the cultural- or social spheres around us, and as soon as we are able to sufficiently comply to the expected criteria that are silently demanded of us, we’re able to validate these expectations through actions that are very often based upon what is commonly called ‘habit’. These actions may, in turn, be either real or faked as the primary causation upon which habits are founded remain largely unquestioned. Pretense is as much a part of our daily lives as sleeping or eating, and in many ways society has already predetermined, and prefabricated, the answers to questions that does not yet exist, but being aware of their possibility, are too afraid to ask them.
Our modern society has structured itself to deceive en masse each day simply because it has become so much easier to rely upon these prefabricated presumptions, prescribed assumptions and judgments rather than to evaluate each situation on merit and then act accordingly in a manner that is defined by individual expression. Society at large not only want to but need to believe that our socially structured norms protects each of its citizens from a loss of ‘security’; demanding even that each individual within this society fit into a classified group for in categorization and sorting we find a sense of not only of communal safety but also personal safety and well-being by means of identification. Political structures upheld by these societies have created, consciously and subconsciously, ‘sanctuaries’ of illusionary safety that will protect us from individuals that might turn into killers instantaneously, yet unknowingly it sets - by means of these implemented delusions and a lack of accepting different ways of self-expression - the stage for just such a situation whereby any single person may be overwhelmed by frustration and looses control of the ‘moral self’. Drowning in conformity and self-chosen ignorance society needs to believe, above everything else, that each member of all its various communities are emotionally, intellectually and spiritually content and balanced. If we would consider then that so many people today suffers from a state of “pervasive post-modern uncertainty” then we are faced with a truly volatile stage in which there is a very real dilemma as there exists a larger majority of people who are potential rapists, murderers and abusers rather than potential humanitarians. The separate people that form these communities upon which any society is based change, adapt and develop much faster individually than the laws and rules that not only form the norms and standards of society, but also serve as the basis for what is perceived as security, and thus we are faced with an environment where the functionality of the given society is questioned and even rejected by many.
“Deception is an approach, a method, that has proven effective...” Effective deceit, effective lies, effective rationalizations, effective presumptions, effective ‘half-truths’... Are these not all one and the same? Or are they deemed justifiable because they serve the so-called “greater good”? Is the fundamental purpose of these delusions that are formulated around us each day not to soothe our apprehension of a basic disorder that might lead to the complete annihilation of our social arrangement? We thus end up deluding our sense of moral and spiritual decay - hidden beneath the shining surface of pretense and an illusionary preserved belief of wellness - so thoroughly convincing that we reach a state in which we’re unable to discern between truth and fiction. These delusions have then already become the norm because they represent the expected equivalent of what is perceived to be true and society will subsequently continue to impose these placating lies upon those in its midst until a complete fragmentation of these doctrines, that supposedly spell order and security, occur. And it is thus with the deconstruction of accepted norms and standards that we might find the only way in which we will ever be able to reevaluate the elementary and original reasons for their existence.
Denial of reality for whatever incentive is a proven means of escape and in many situations it is the easiest way for the consciousness to deal with any condition that does not fit into the ideal social mold. The ‘mind set’ of society and individuals alike are packed with moral filters and barriers that ‘protect’ and guard the boundaries of what we perceive to be real or imagined. In essence then it is the effectiveness of any particular delusion that establishes its widespread usage in any number of varyingly different societies across the world; where any delusion is actively present we have to analyze its ability to continuously be effective, as well as examining its basis structure to determine whether or not it may be applied to only one community exclusively, or to society in general. In this examination we must then make a very distinct and clear separation between not only moral- or religious differences, but also between socio-economic variants, minority and majority balances, as well as communal and individual variations that are present within any given society. Only then will we be able to find impartial, unprejudiced, fair and objective norms that need not the use of widespread social self-delusions.
© M. Van Romburgh
- circa. 2001 -