Illusions future, present and past…

When I think about the word illusions, many different ideas come to my mind. It implies a false idea about real facts. Somehow the first association I have is the idea of future fantasy seen as something positive, what we also call day dreaming. The image of a magic trick performed by a magician also comes into my mind. Also the idea of visual illusions such as the projected images on a television screen or film theater, or the visual illusions we can often see in works of art and graphic design pieces. Or if you like you can also refer to it as a distorted idea or interpretation of reality. It’s difficult to talk about illusion because we then run into problems like defining reality and also how we perceive it, and then make an interpretation of what we experience through our senses. We finally “make sense” of all that information, giving way to what we agree on calling consciousness. But in the process we edit reality leaving most part of it out of the picture. We just can’t handle the infinite amount of information that the universe is producing and storing.

It’s tricky to call speak about reality and facts, as we all produce judgments about the same facts, according to our individual points of view. Also based on our previous experiences. It seems that trough repetition our minds are self trained to translate or label new experiences according to very similar past events. That may be the reason we often ignore changes in our usual environments. We see a general illusion that is being built continuously by our mind. We have to reprogram our minds to make them look again at those facts to see if there is a difference between the current state of facts, and the reality we are taking for granted.

As human beings, we are raised with the consciousness of time. One of our first material presents given by our parents is often a wristwatch. The clock or watch imply the concept of past, present and future. These are taken as facts. I myself have doubts about the nature of time, as we understand it. Linked to that idea of time is the idea of death. How much time left do we have? There are many other questions and problems that arise from the ideas of time and death. We are bothered daily about this idea of the future at different aspects and levels of our existence. We have to decide based on our past experiences, on our current possibilities, but also in our imaginary and uncertain future scenarios. It feels like our brains walk with three feet. One stepping into the past, other into the present and the third one into the future.

Lets think about future. We make our present and near-past decisions in order to get closer to a future we imagine, that is an illusion that keeps changing all the time and assuming different “shapes” and “colors”. This future makes us feel different things. It can make us feel anxious, happy, sad, horrified or indifferent. Those feelings can also change, according on the aspects we think about in our possible future scenarios. We can also have mixed feelings about those fictional scenarios we make with our imagination. I suspect that imagination is given by experience and an ability to predict fact based on observations of past events and the present state of things and context.

Now lets try to think about the present. It’s all we have now. (Unfamiliar electronic soft music and sirens coming from the street) A nice computer with a word processor and some ideas flowing and mysteriously flowing between my brain, nerves, hands, fingers, computer circuits, light emissions, back to my mind, and in the future into the eyes of the reader. But we also have an image about our “current” personality, place of living, different attributes, health status, professional status, beliefs, financial status, gender, love and sexuality status, mental health, mood, goals, etc… We sometimes forget to “look at the mirror” and put all those facts into question. That’s why we often are surprised by the judgment others make about us. They don’t carry those illusions we have been creating and carrying with us. We change continuously. We seem to have an instinct of survival that makes us built a stable personality and some facts and rules to follow with our behavior. We also create habits, routines and rituals. That instinct might have to do with the fear of change, failure and uncertainty. We tend to create a self defense mechanism from change. Are we going to be happy with our new changed version? Will Nico.12345 be better than Nico.1234? I certainly hope so!

We also think about the past. We have the need of building a ground for our construction of reality. We try to make sense of past actions and to understand the consequences of those actions (made by others and us) that affected our distant and also close environment. We then built some kind of script or self biography that kinds of explain how we got to the current point. We make different and changing judgments about the past. We can read our past depending of our present attitude, mood, experience and way of thinking. My mother has a very wisdom popular saying she always uses: “it’s very easy being smart when thinking about taking decisions about past events” There can be many examples about this distorted way of thinking about the past. For instance, we can idealize past time like our school days. We often think about them as some of our happiest times. But we forget about the frustrations and hard things we had to deal with back then. We forget about being anxious about not making our own decisions, about not being able to buy alcohol, or drive, or not being successful with picking up girls, or being sad and uncomfortable with our teenage bodies, etc.

Other illusions we create for ourselves

We also tell ourselves things that are neither true nor false. Things like “it’s going to be fine” or “I’m totally screwed”. We live in with the hope of living for many years as something almost certain. Even the countries have the policy of pension assuming most people will die after they are 65 year old.

Illusions: Future, present, past.

 

When I think about the word illusions, many different ideas come to my mind. It implies a false idea about real facts. Somehow the first association I have is the idea of future fantasy seen as something positive, what we also call day dreaming. The image of a magic trick performed by a magician also comes into my mind. Also the idea of visual illusions such as the projected images on a television screen or film theater, or the visual illusions we can often see in works of art and graphic design pieces. Or if you like you can also refer to it as a distorted idea or interpretation of reality. It’s difficult to talk about illusion because we then run into problems like defining reality and also how we perceive it, and then make an interpretation of what we experience through our senses. We finally “make sense” of all that information, giving way to what we agree on calling consciousness. But in the process we edit reality leaving most part of it out of the picture. We just can’t handle the infinite amount of information that the universe is producing and storing.

 

It’s tricky to call speak about reality and facts, as we all produce judgments about the same facts, according to our individual points of view. Also based on our previous experiences. It seems that trough repetition our minds are self trained to translate or label new experiences according to very similar past events. That may be the reason we often ignore changes in our usual environments. We see a general illusion that is being built continuously by our mind. We have to reprogram our minds to make them look again at those facts to see if there is a difference between the current state of facts, and the reality we are taking for granted.

 

As human beings, we are raised with the consciousness of time. One of our first material presents given by our parents is often a wristwatch. The clock or watch imply the concept of past, present and future. These are taken as facts. I myself have doubts about the nature of time, as we understand it. Linked to that idea of time is the idea of death. How much time left do we have? There are many other questions and problems that arise from the ideas of time and death. We are bothered daily about this idea of the future at different aspects and levels of our existence. We have to decide based on our past experiences, on our current possibilities, but also in our imaginary and uncertain future scenarios. It feels like our brains walk with three feet. One stepping into the past, other into the present and the third one into the future.

 

Lets think about future. We make our present and near-past decisions in order to get closer to a future we imagine, that is an illusion that keeps changing all the time and assuming different “shapes” and “colors”. This future makes us feel different things. It can make us feel anxious, happy, sad, horrified or indifferent. Those feelings can also change, according on the aspects we think about in our possible future scenarios. We can also have mixed feelings about those fictional scenarios we make with our imagination. I suspect that imagination is given by experience and an ability to predict fact based on observations of past events and the present state of things and context.

 

Now lets try to think about the present. It’s all we have now. (Unfamiliar electronic soft music and sirens coming from the street) A nice computer with a word processor and some ideas flowing and mysteriously flowing between my brain, nerves, hands, fingers, computer circuits, light emissions, back to my mind, and in the future into the eyes of the reader. But we also have an image about our “current” personality, place of living, different attributes, health status, professional status, beliefs, financial status, gender, love and sexuality status, mental health, mood, goals, etc… We sometimes forget to “look at the mirror” and put all those facts into question. That’s why we often are surprised by the judgment others make about us. They don’t carry those illusions we have been creating and carrying with us. We change continuously. We seem to have an instinct of survival that makes us built a stable personality and some facts and rules to follow with our behavior. We also create habits, routines and rituals. That instinct might have to do with the fear of change, failure and uncertainty. We tend to create a self defense mechanism from change. Are we going to be happy with our new changed version? Will Nico.12345 be better than Nico.1234? I certainly hope so!

 

We also think about the past. We have the need of building a ground for our construction of reality. We try to make sense of past actions and to understand the consequences of those actions (made by others and us) that affected our distant and also close environment. We then built some kind of script or self biography that kinds of explain how we got to the current point. We make different and changing judgments about the past. We can read our past depending of our present attitude, mood, experience and way of thinking. My mother has a very wisdom popular saying she always uses: “it’s very easy being smart when thinking about taking decisions about past events” There can be many examples about this distorted way of thinking about the past. For instance, we can idealize past time like our school days. We often think about them as some of our happiest times. But we forget about the frustrations and hard things we had to deal with back then. We forget about being anxious about not making our own decisions, about not being able to buy alcohol, or drive, or not being successful with picking up girls, or being sad and uncomfortable with our teenage bodies, etc.

Other illusions we create for ourselves

We also tell ourselves things that are neither true nor false. Things like “it’s going to be fine” or “I’m totally screwed”. We live in with the hope of living for many years as something almost certain. Even the countries have the policy of pension assuming most people will die after they are 65 year old. We can also name the promises offered by some doctrines and religions such as heaven, eternal life, reincarnation, resuscitation or eternal punishments or hell. We create many illusions for ourselves; some are positive and some negative. The list can be infinite!

We create many illusions for ourselves; some are positive and some negative. The list can be very vast and complex.This human nature of inhabiting present, future and past at the same time is linked to our culture and DNA. It’s something we have to be more aware of and we also need to be able to learn to cope with.

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