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Illusions We Cherish

Updated on November 6, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

It's so Easy to Replace an Illusion with a Better one  -  in this Universe Made of Illusions
It's so Easy to Replace an Illusion with a Better one - in this Universe Made of Illusions

"Reality" - Our Word for Illusion

Illusion is something that Santa Claus and reality have in common. Both are our minds' constructs and a reflection of our deep need for a comfort zone made up of certainties. We choose to believe in goodness blessing us with all sorts of gifts from heaven - in this version arriving down the chimney.

Much more than that, we choose to trust our limited senses and minds as we interpret their computation of perceptions as "reality". Well, why not, you say, we've got to believe in "something". Ultimately, it's all a part of a divine show, and it might even pass for a good comedy if we didn't take it so damn seriously.

Somehow, what's happening between our hearts and our minds gets lost in translation, and we are stuck with all wrong illusions - just because our mind keeps telling us that our perception is accurate, and our logic is universally valid for all of us.

We just can't allow for a possibility that we don't experience the factual reality - but our interpretations of it. We may perceive the same thing, and agree upon it to the effect of claiming it to be "real", but we don't see how we are still only agreeing upon an illusion.

Being creators by our predestination we forget to create new illusions, new interpretations, new logic, the one that could be cherished so much more by our hearts than those which are so obviously taking us nowhere.

So much Fun, but so Seasonal and Short
So much Fun, but so Seasonal and Short

Loving and Rejoicing by Calendar

Since we found it so necessary to have a celestial "script-writer", why did we have to scare ourselves with him so much, rather than welcome him in the club of creators - his department to him, and our department to us?

If we wanted to envision him as perfect, we could let him do those perfect things in the universe - while allowing ourselves to be imperfect and not mix his realm with ours. That way we could have our Santa, and all other illusory traditions, creating even new stories that would cheer up our imperfect hearts.

The Santa's annual parade somewhat helps to revive that spirit of love and faith. At least everyone is cheering while making themselves look ridiculous by commenting about him to their tiny kids, as if they would really like to believe what they are saying.

O.K., now, don't take me wrong, I have nothing against the fat dude, I used to be a part of the cheering crowd myself. But, what really tickles me to laughter is the fact that we needed to be told what is the right time of the year for us to thaw our frozen, zombie hearts and allow ourselves such a massive festivity advertising love, harmony, and of course - best gifts to buy.

Why Clowns Need a Sad Mask if They Are to Entertain Us?
Why Clowns Need a Sad Mask if They Are to Entertain Us?

Like Elvis Used to Sing: "Why Can't Every Day Be like Christmas?"

As you know, that parading is of a short duration, followed by so called "January Blues". You've got it right - it's originally "February blues", but you tell me, who can really wait till February to start feeling lousy after all that excitement, over-eating, partying, and the spirit of love ends up looking somewhat like that dead Christmas tree sticking out of the trash bin.

"Divine Comedy", coined that way long time ago by Dante Alighieri seems so proper name for the illusions we cherish. Was he by any chance the first quantum physicist after the Buddha and Jesus to clap and laugh, while entertained by the sight of bunch of clowns with a sad make up performing in the theatre called life?

There Is No Limit to Our Dreams when We Are Ready to Live Them
There Is No Limit to Our Dreams when We Are Ready to Live Them

Could We Make up Some Better Illusions?

Now really, whom are we really kidding with all this farce about stress and self-inflicted suffering? How much longer will it take to the smart beings like ourselves to realize how we are the only directors and script-writers in our lives, so we could create some better illusions than the ones which make us wallow in tears, sweat, and blood?

Something that would include rainbows and flowers and butterflies - and I don't mean those in the stomach. Maybe some romantic skies sprinkled with diamonds, instead of heavens polluted by all kinds of deities and celestial personnel that can't make up their minds whether to love us unconditionally or to punish us.

Meditation Brings Us Closer to Our Essence where all dreams Start
Meditation Brings Us Closer to Our Essence where all dreams Start

Wait, I Am Not Done Yet Rubbing It In

In the hollywoods of our minds we seem to be such able masters to produce untold varieties of dramas, tragedies, and soap operas - but we are failing so miserably to make laughter so contagious that even our gods would join us laughing.

We cherish only those illusions that give us stress and psychosomatic ailments, and plenty to complain about. And we can't even experience the divine without inventing so many different gods, just to get an additional excuse to hate each other, mock each other, before killing each other.

Some Creative Individuals Left Us a Message  -  to Junk Our Illusions and Find  Happy Ones
Some Creative Individuals Left Us a Message - to Junk Our Illusions and Find Happy Ones

Creating "Reality" Is a Team Work

Someone in the circles of those brainiacs managed to figure out that our brain processes 400 billion pieces of information per second - and we are conscious of only some 20,000. What is the rest of those billions doing after regulating body's functioning?

In my modest opinion, they are co-creating the virtual reality in form of our collective consciousness. You know what I mean, every species have theirs - so we see a flock of birds and a swarm of bees flying in that perfect unison, without bumping into each other, while being "tuned into" their collective consciousness.

Our particular collective consciousness allows us that everyone sees "green" the same way - those with brown eyes and those with blue ones equally - just kidding. That also goes for the range of sound frequencies that we all can hear as humans - of course, except for us older farts who have lost some of it after hearing too much nonsense in our long lives.

The point being that on a certain invisible realm of events we are collectively creating our reality, and that existential confusion in each one of us is lavishly contributing into the collective confusion, so that we are having a world as we have it - congratulations everyone, myself including!

It Takes One to Inspire Another
It Takes One to Inspire Another

Hundredth Human

You probably read somewhere the true story about "The hundredth monkey". Some of you may even know where I am going with this, but let me say it just the same. Allegedly, on a remote Japanese island some monkeys hit upon an idea to start washing their potatoes before eating them.

Then soon after, someone - who obviously had nothing better to do - noticed how on another island the same kind of monkeys started doing the same, without a possibility of monkeys from both islands getting in any contact with each other.

The story makes valid the earlier mentioned theory about collective consciousness within each species. Now, a big hope is sticking out of all this that perhaps some day a "critical mass" of intelligence is achieved on this planet to affect the whole humankind.

Wouldn't that be great? One day we all wake up and for no apparent reason we are in harmony with each other, helpful, compassionate, accepting, tolerating even those biggest individual differences. And there is a celebration of life, something like a "Christmas in July", with everyone willing to contribute to the dignity of our kind.

Can you see what I am doing here? Just hoping that somewhere yet another hundredth human gets inspired to do what I am doing - creating a better illusion for myself to cherish.


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    • Aliswell profile image


      2 years ago from Iowa

      Val, as a presumptive question of which you have No need to answer--If you had to pick your career, starting back over when we All had the choice to pick that profession which our heart of hearts spoke to us as true---Would you have made your living as a Writer?

      I believe, I would have been somehow involved in the Golf Industry or Writing/Journalism?

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Alen - Quite an allegorical way to comment my hub and I like it. I got your idea and yes, human stupidity and illusion have no way of leading to knowledge.

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      2 years ago from Iowa

      Mistaken identity was the excuse the leader of the vigilantes gave for mistakenly lynching the two young 'suspected cattle rustlers' in Montana June, 1848.

      After the preparatory roundup of volunteers from 4 adjacent neighbor's ranches (adjacent being in the vicinity of 16 miles) and the sort of obligatory ranch hand sent to report the 'cattle stealin' to the county sheriff--- eleven men and two boys age 9 and 11---put hard, the spurs to their horses and mules, and for the next 8 hrs., crossed 21 miles of high country just outside modern day Missoula, Montana.

      Their pursuit of and eventual interception of the suspected pair of cattle rustlers, described so very convincingly accurate by a returning from a overnight 'night on the town'--- lumberjack, was to end in a ravine with several well aged cottonwood trees growing therein.

      The underlying causes that convinced these pursuing men and boys that the act of stealing cattle could Only be adequately balanced out in the their universe by the application of lethal vertebra cracking and eventual death by 'asphyxiation trachea closing effects' of a hemp rope drawn ever tighter and agonizingly painful against the two young men's necks--could be likened to the world of today.

      If an individual, or a collective group, find justification in its' own mind that whatever they do will provide the means to change from Pain 2 Pleasure, Boredom 2 Excitement, or Ignorance 2 Knowledge---so be it!

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Kathryn - What can we know what's brewing in the air around the globe, we only know what the news media tell us as truth? In history every extremism got exhausted by its own wrong cause. Let's all think positive to make it happen sooner. Thank you for your nice and true comment. - Be well my friend. - Val.

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      Kathryn L Hill 

      2 years ago from LA

      The terrorists have been indoctrinated and there is no un-doctrinating them. Love now will not do it. Nothing will. The evil that has saturated their psyches can only be prevented. How? loving them, giving them the truth in C h i l d h o o d.

      What is the truth?

      What you have presented here: Freedom For The Future!

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Paula - With comments like this you are giving me continually fresh reasons to shower you with compliments. Luckily I found that "stop button" on me, so for now I'll only say that your choice of words is music to my "artistic" ears. - Have a fabulous evening, my friend. - Val.

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      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Another fabulous work of art, Val.....The "Art" of course being the art of living, loving, laughter & luck! I truly enjoy your writing because it resonates in me & I can hear the echos long after reading.

      Thank you for sharing with your readers the wisdom you have allowed yourself to absorb and assimilate.....for what good is knowledge if not shared with the world? Peace, Paula

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      John - I understand you perfectly, because there are times when I don't agree with myself 100% and it doesn't bother me a bit. Being my own best friend means not saving any punches, being honest with myself, and my long self-discipline basically means exactly that - spotting those aspects of myself that are out of whack and doing something about it. Agreeing with myself unconditionally would mean a lots of ego. - You guys Down Under have a great climate and I envy you. Canada is cold, but a couple of summer months may have heat waves. Two weeks ago we had snow, and today we are going out in short sleeves. How is that for weird? - Take care, my friend. - Val

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha, Val. Yes, you keep on thinking up things to stimulate my old grey matter. About all I can promise anyone is to agree with them in general. I don't know anyone who I agree with 100%, and besides it would be a boring world if we did. We have beautiful Autumn weather here at present and the week is going well.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      John, old buddy - Your comments always give me a new incentive to think of some more of these things that "always make you think." I just love these kinds of comments. I am happy you got my point and you agree with me, in general as usual. We are finally having some spring weather and my week is going fabulously. Wishing you the same. - Val

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Val, I must say, after reading your hubs I always have cause to say, "Well, that certainly makes one think." Actually, this is filled with a lot of common sense and it is impossible to dispute what you say. Why do we cherish these "illusions"? I know people need to escape the realities of the stresses of their lives from time to time...and things like Santa Clause, Halloween, the Easter Bunny etc help to do this, so maybe that is one reason they were created and are embraced by many...just as a little silly escapism. You make another good point though, why is it only at Christmas, for instance, that we show good will to others..why not all year round. Why also do we go to war at the will of our Governments to fight others who we have no real disagreement with, and them us. Sounds crazy, I agree. I hope your week is going well.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Hey Kim - Let's you and I start a party while waiting for some more commenters to arrive and join us in our happy, clownish disposition. Or, if you are busy right now, just an illusion of it will do. What a heck, who will know the difference anyway. - Thank you for a nice comment, and be well my friend. - Val

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      Kim Power Barnes 

      2 years ago from St. John's, Newfoundland

      Another great written Hub - you have a real knack for cutting through the crap and presenting intelligent theories in an almost comical way. I applaud you.


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