Over the week-end I saw two pieces of contrasting news. Debenhams, a leading retail chain in London, took the decision not to have any photo-shopped images on their floors. Only natural images of models would be allowed. On the other hand, a shop in the economic depressed little town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, is having a false façade fitted to con their G8 visitors in to believing that business is thriving. Both reports speak of illusions, the one of dissolving them, the other of creating them.
Don’t you find the older you get the more sensitized your bullshit detector becomes. Hope it doesn’t sound arrogant, but that’s my experience. You’re better able to see through things and are not so easily impressed and taken in. Sadly, it comes with a “negative.” You’re often looked upon as a wet-blanket for not participating in the hype and hoopla and empty ra-ra’s of life. But that’s a small price to pay. I’d rather be closer to the truth than to where ” it’s really happening.”
That said, I suppose a persona has its place in life. It does protect, but to see it as reality itself is to enter the world of illusion, and that’s not good.
Here’s also hoping that the G8 Conference will focus on reality and not illusion.