Ever get the feeling our existence is nothing more than an imaginary version of itself?
Hyperreality - is an inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality, especially in technologically advanced postmodern societies.
Hyperreality is seen as a condition in which what is real and what is fiction are seamlessly blended together so that there is no clear distinction between where one ends and the other begins.
It allows the co-mingling of physical reality with virtual reality and human intelligence with artificial intelligence. Individuals may find themselves for different reasons, more in tune or involved with the hyperreal world and less with the physical real world.
Much of what we are subjected to in today's society can easily fall under Hyperrealtiy. A prime example of this is in how we communicate through the use of technology. When we text each other, we connect through words on a screen to convey emotion and thought; but physically we are each somewhere else experiencing a different reality. In that form one can argue that it’s not so bad, maybe even convenient.
The real danger lies when individual’s worship hyperreal imagery and use it as role models. This can present an unrealistic perspective due to the images not necessarily representing real people or information. This idea has never been more evident in how we sensationalize and worship celebrity. Someone can now be just famous but not necessarily great. Whatever happened to someone being famous because they are great?
So before we turn off the switch and live someone else’s life, I’ve compiled a list. A reality check list of sorts. Because, no we don’t live in the matrix and when our phones fall in toilets, reality will surely slap us. I wrote 100 but in reality just needed 30 and so I settled. In the most random order here they are.
The only thing real about reality T.V. is the SCRIPT. Watch less...it’s silly.
People seldom change. They are who they are. Accept it and move on.
You already know who YOU are, don’t be fooled by someone else trying to tell you who they think you are.
The grass is never greener on the other side. It’s just a different shade. When you realize this you’ll know your patch of grass is just fine. Water it.
Mob mentality isn’t always the right thing. Courage of the self and to stand alone is noble. Go against the grain sometimes. Inspire change for better.
Stop complaining. No one really cares. We all have our very own problems. Be proactive about yours and shut up.
People sometimes are assholes. Doesn’t mean you should be one too.
In sticky situations take higher ground. It gets real muddy and messy at the bottom after a storm.
Trying something new might be OK, but sticking to what works always works. If it ain’t broke...
Entitle yourself to your goals; not the world owing you something. It owes you nothing.
We are all privileged to be here. Enjoy the time you’ve been given. Breath.
Sharing is caring. Give a little back it never hurts and makes the world of difference to someone in need.
Selfish prick, don’t you know the world doesn’t revolve around you? Be mindful of others.
If it’s too good to be true, then it is. Don’t waste your time. It’s precious.
Does your friend’s life look better than yours on Facebook? That’s because it is. Now what does your hyperreality look like?
Looking for love and finding it all in the wrong places? Look in the mirror and love yourself.
Life just isn’t working out the way you thought; well buckle up soldier and get over it. Life is rarely fair. But it gives you blessings every now and then.
No one likes you because you suck. Well then suck less; people will love you if you let them.
No you don’t really want to be famous like Kim Kardashian, but God bless her anyways.
Go with the flow. Everything is out of your control. Stick to planning what's for dinner.
Kindness shouldn’t be mistaken for weakness. If someone is kind to you, embrace it and return to sender. We can all use some.
Listen to your heart, navigate with your mind and walk hard; only look back to enjoy the view.
Dreams are good but don’t forget to wake up and make them happen.
A stupid is a stupid does. Don’t be stupid. The Gump is wise.
Enrich your soul and share it with the world but don’t sell it out; it’s not for sale.
Listen and talk less. When your mouth moves and you speak make sure to think; before words come out.
So you've made some mistakes; just be happy you lived to talk about it. We all screw up.
Are you just upset at the world? Me too; maybe we should be the change we would like to see.
Fear is not a good role model. Live life with less.
All you need is love. Lennon was very wise.
Life sometimes can be very sad and difficult. But it's in those moments we realize the beauty and balance of it all. When we choose to let go, is when we will find our peace with it. Exist be present and experience; there is no substitute for that.
In the words and sentiments of Mr. Spock, Live long and prosper.