Unhealthy societies (and unhealthy individuals) recognize the power inherent in narrative, and they strive to eclipse Reality within the narrative space through the dissemination of unreality narratives. The subjective and objective run on separate lines or run on a collision course. The communication unreality narratives provide adheres to nonsensical values and beliefs. Unreality communicates stories of stupidity, instability, and hatred. Unreality narratives cannot destroy Reality, they can only eclipse it. Overshadow it. Render it less visible. Unreality narratives aim to obfuscate Reality’s communication lines by conquering, colonizing, and controlling the narrative space innately occupied by Reality. Unreality narratives rely heavily on inversion. They strive to turn lies into truths, ugliness into beauty, and evil into goodness. The ultimate aim is to persuade and convince you to reject Reality and embrace unreality.
As powerful as unreality narratives are, they are ultimately not real. The gap between what is conceived and what is perceived is enormous. It is not really a gap at all – more like a chasm. Only rhetoric and the pressing need to convince can bridge this gaping void. Without them, the incoherence of unreal narratives becomes overwhelming. In unhealthy societies, unreality narratives are weapons deployed to disrupt communication with Reality.
But here’s the thing. Reality is still there, and Reality is still communicating with us. The incoherence and nonsense of unreality has gone beyond glaring. It is flagrant, undisguised – utterly obvious. Those who spout unreality narratives have overplayed their hands. They have overshot their mark. In their zeal to obscure Reality, they have inadvertently succeeded in making Reality more visible.
The eclipse is only partial now. The shadow has slipped a little from the sun. The only way you can remain blind to the communication the light is showering down upon you is through conscious rejection.
So make your choice. Which narrative do you ultimately find more persuasive?