The age old question of what is real and what is fake continues to bother us all the time. Yet when we are engrossed in daily life battles, everything seems to be pushed under the carpet. We live for today in most cases though we need to prepare for tomorrow and save for retired life. The frenzy of 21st century living leaves little time to stand and stare.
What are the theories about realities and illusions? Some religious perceptions do believe that everything we behold is merely a mirage with no reality behind it. That approach has its meaning all right in the sense that nothing is really permanent. Everything is in the grip of continuous transformation.
Yet we have our permanent addresses as if we would live there forever. Even mausoleums like the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids in Egypt may not last forever. Both life and death cannot last permanently it seems.
Yet the illusion of everlasting life helps us persevere on the glorious path of life. If we are constantly bothered by the idea of non-existence, would we be able to work through the decades for the sake of children? Would the government five year plans be possible? What about the long term loans that needs to be paid up across fifteen or twenty years maybe?
Art and culture, religion and the media are constantly playing up the illusions. Advertising cleverly attracts people to beauty treatments for example and movies of course are dream merchants.
Strangely enough, some oriental cultures like the Chinese are constantly reminding themselves of realities like death. In fact they grieve at birth and celebrate at deaths.
Does that mean that we should be so much concerned about wars and tragedies that we forget to be happy? Maybe the cocoon of illusions is better so that we can enjoy all that life has to offer. Yet let us be conscious of realities and have our feet firmly on the ground. Getting carried away by the illusory is the ultimate danger to be guarded against.