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Living in the Present

November 15th, 2008 · No Comments

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We were having breakfast with some friends a few weekends ago.  We were making the usual small talk, catching up, when we came up on a story that began in the summer.  To give the full perspective, we’ll start there.

My friend and his wife went to the Caribbean during the summer to attend the wedding of the wife’s sister.  It was a very elaborate (and expensive) wedding that the soon to be wed couple planned.  Many people who attended were not happy with the situation, as they felt it important to attend the wedding, but were displeased with the arrangements (distance, cost, inconvenience, etc.).

Now on to why that’s important:

I asked my friend’s wife how her sister was doing with her husband.  She signed in disappointment and my friend took the liberty of responding:

“She’s getting divorced.  Her husband is addicted to porn and won’t stop”

Normally a statement like that would surprise me, but this this it only garnered a shrug.  We, as consumers, enjoy detachment from society from time to time.  We watch movies, listen to music, read books, and play video games.  Often, there is a message conveyed in these mediums of entertainment and part of the message is some detachment from reality.  The problem, as it appears to me, is people have a desire to live in this false sense of reality.  It appears real, and people seem to think they can derive more joy from fake reality as opposed to reality.

Where does that leave society?  Do people actually prefer to immerse themselves in a fake reality as opposed to live in reality?  Is that sustainable?  I know this much; it can’t be healthy to become addicted/stuck on an fake reality.  Then, to top it off, withdraw from reality to spend as much time as possible in this fake reality…

Note: The false sense of reality can apply to anything, gaming, video media, music, etc.

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