Real

"Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups... So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind."

Philip K. Dick, How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later

How much of our world view is correct? How do we know what is true? Much of what we know about what is happening in the world comes to us through media. And it is not just one view that we are exposed to; we are, in fact, bombarded by a plethora of views related to an event. And we tend to accept the view which fits in with our existing world view. An event happens, but it means different things to different people. There are so many conspiracy theories circulating around, about who did it and why, all based on shreds of unsatisfactory evidence, driven by 'the will to believe'. In the war against terror, truth seems to be the biggest casualty. Media has the power of creating 'realities' of it's own; it can make people believe in things it wants to. Islamic terrorism, American exploitation, ISI-planned blasts, RAW-planned blasts, they are all world views being presented to us. How do we know which is right? Is there a way out of out?

Comments

Kunwal said…
We don't know what is true. We can only put in some effort researching different sources and media and then forming our belief.
M. Umer Toor said…
A very absorbing question. Perhaps you can suggest better than i can guess now, b'cause your question may have its answer in it? What Miss Kunwal has suggested seems to me the safe heaven. Then what about Gullop serveys, they seem to be firmly based on 'actual' facts, what silent majorities think, as they claim?
Abdul Sami said…
is it weird that i was ponderin the same question right now...

actually first i will go off topic...
to quote srk from kabhi khushi kabhi gham (coz we do not kno who bloody wrote it)...

jab bi mushkil ho to apnay dil ki suno... aur phir bi jawab na millay to mammi papa ka socho... :P

anyhoo back to reality... thanks to michael tsarion and conspiracy con i hav jus been presented with a theory which says how satan is actually good and the concepts of God that we hav are actually evil and intelligence is gifted from Satan while the church has uptil recently prohibited all sciences... i kno it applies better to xtian theories then ours... but hey... mindnumbing isnt it !!!
Abdullah Shahid said…
Well...knowing truth is not impossible. It just requires a lot of research, resources and a little common sense. Knowing one truth about a big event makes a person able to make guesses about the reality of other events. But then every person can't do that. It suits the journalists more as this is their business or those who have a real thirst for truth. And the rest of the people, they just tend to follow what they like or what they want to believe.
Vasudha said…
Wonderfully put. I've been thinking about the similar question for the past few days.

People might deny the truth and create separate "realities." Their denial doesn't change the actual outcome but since they are the observers, it does affect the reality they perceive and analyse. It's a Schrodinger's cat scenario, I guess.