我們活在一個謊話連篇、利慾薰心、盜竊幻想的幻像世界中 We Live In A Lying, Lustful, Larcenous Fantasy World Of Illusion
Jul 11, 2018
“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.” —Jean Iris Murdoch, British Novelist, 1919 – 1999
Just about every piece of human information we receive in our lives, whether written, verbal, or visual, comes with a hint, or a blatant blast of bias, or an unvarnished lie. What we think we see and hear is as Jean Iris Murdoch says, is a “fantasy world of illusion.”
The news is not the truth, it is a perversion of the truth, or an outright fabrication wrapped around some kernel of the truth. In most cases the news comes not only with a hidden bias but a not-so-hidden agenda, usually a political one.
History is not the truth. History is some person or group of persons’ perception of the truth, colored by individual biases and life experiences and usually based on too little information. Much of history is so lacking in detail as to render its depiction as nothing more than an outright distortion, or half-truth. Nevertheless, we accept it as truth and pass it on to others verbally or in writing, even though the conclusions drawn there from are most likely inaccurate at best and maybe totally false at worst.
Take for example three witnesses to a traffic accident. They will get on the stand in court and swear on oath that their version of the truth is the only “true” one, despite the testimony of two other witnesses that tell a totally different account of the accident. The “truth” might be pieced together by fragments in each of the three testimonies, and then again, maybe not. Therefore, it can only be concluded that history is an individual perception, or observation of events, not necessarily a factual representation.