We need a new word for ‘reality’
Breaking news: reality’s had its identity stolen. Fraudsters posing as ‘reality’ are everywhere, from inside our TVs and social media to holding the ultimate position of power.
Terrifyingly, the world seems to be embracing these fraudsters with open arms and wide-eyed, one hand on photoshop and the other taking a selfie. Because if you didn’t take a selfie it never happened, right?
‘All the world’s a stage’ a wise man once said – modern-day man’s take on this: ‘All the world is staged’. Ah the irony... Real has become posed. Genuine has become rehearsed. And honesty has taken a flying leap out the window.
And aforementioned ‘ultimate position of power’ has got everyone’s dictionaries in a twist. Fake means real, stable means unhinged, and a genius is an insult to humanity. The world is truly back-to-front. I couldn’t help but wonder: What does it mean to be ‘real’ these days?
Women are praised for being brave enough to take a #nomakeup photo – yet at the same time criticised for not looking like themselves. We’re being sold the fantasy and as a result we have lost any appreciation for reality. It’s just not enough these days.
So I’m officially relieving ‘reality’ of its duties, and searching for a suitable replacement. While all applications will be considered, do remember to keep it real…
[Image Credit: Chris Barbalis on Unsplash]
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