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The Veil of Life

They have eyes but cannot see and ears but cannot hear, sounds like some fictional statement but in all essence is perfectly true. What we call reality is something quite the opposite.

Nothing Is as It Seems
We see what we see and hear what we hear, in other words all humans base their lives according to experience, perception and expectation. In our minds we formulate reality according to what we understand or what we have selected to understand. Our lives are a selective and filtered by-product of our comfort and fears hidden in the roles we play as part of society. At the end of it all, we process reality subjectively. Ten people will always describe a scene differently because they all use their individuality subject to personal experiences, preferences, perceived expectations and societal peer pressures. Very few people actually know the truth simply because right and wrong are not a matter of fact but a matter of common agreement. Our laws are far from the truth but are more to cultural and norm acceptances. This might sound superficial but it is true. The veil of life comes in different levels which are explored in this article.

The Individual
The first level is that most people cannot see themselves. Only a few people have seen who they are, the rest of the world believes their identities are in the names they are labeled with at birth, the careers they serve all their lives, the associations they have in life and the assets they believe they own. So people judge their capacity not according to what they can actually achieve but according to what they believe they can achieve. We are more of a function of belief than anything else. Our limitations are set according to what we believe. Who are am I is a simple question but the answer is hidden in our own reflections or images. Our very existence is just an image of something else which casts a reflection. A simple example is our bodies; we run and we laugh not because our bodies can but because our minds run and laugh, yet by itself the body could not do any of these actions. Our bodies function by command which simply means the body is a reflection of something greater. It is like driving a car drunk. The police do not notice that the car is drunk but rather they see the erratic movements of the car as a reflection that the person who is driving the car is drunk. In the same way our bodies are just a reflection of something else.
Our capacity to understand truth has been limited by individual failures to see who we are. We then place ourselves in society according to how we perceive things. Some play the victim mentality, whilst some play the preacher mentality. Whether we admit it or not but the truth is that all individuals are just playing roles whilst the truly wise are living a lonely life. We play roles such as fathers, mothers, wives, oppressed, suppressed, hated, loved, loving, courageous, loyal, and many more. When asked why we do what we do the answer is always that it is the right thing, yet right and wrong are not necessarily truth they are just perspectives adopted over time and embedded in traditional culture. So many people are just playing roles, in life if you want to fool people all the time, just know what role they are playing and communicate with them according to their role. For example if someone believes that they are a victim of society, all you have to do is speak to them about oppression in society and hence they will think you understand what they feel. If someone has a father role, talk to them about kids and the challenges of family life; if someone thinks people are just unfair, tell them experiences of people being unfair; if someone thinks they are always right let them lead and just keep quiet and they will think that they are leading all the time.

The Society
The second veil is on the interaction level. If we cannot see who we are it then follows that we cannot see who everyone else is. Our associations are solely based on assumptions and probability. We socialize based on the assumption that the other person is thinking the same things as we do. These assumptions are what causes betrayals in society, where one president has complete trust in his minister yet the minister is just playing a role whilst deep in thought the minister is planning a coup. This is more like a Judas veil where, the closest person to you could be your greatest enemy, but very few of us can see this.

Society is a statistical place where we act according to past experiences of means and deviations. We trust people based not on our understanding of their hearts but based on their past records, at the same time we trust people based on the probability that they will come through based on the alignment of their words to our expectations. It is thus easy to fool any society into action because no society knows the truth, they all believe in statistics and probability. We attend meetings based on the probability that the person will show up not based on our knowledge of the actual intention of the person, the same thing applies to marriage, business partnerships, and any other relationships that exists. None or only a few of the existing relationships on the planet are based on truth, most of the relationships are calculated risks based on the strength of the words and actions. Interestingly enough people then get shocked when partnerships end or divorces occur yet if they really knew the truth they would have been set free long before.

Now due to the fact that society is an aggregation of assumption and collective agreement it is easy for one tyrant to rule over it which has been proven time and time again. In the same way it is easy for one person to take over the entire world and all power. From a societal and individual view reality to us is what we have agreed to assume and accept. If we look at the moon and say that it is a ball of cheese then it follows that as long as we agree it is a ball of cheese it will remain a ball of cheese until another perspective is accepted. This notion is what then leads to religions and various faiths or fundamental movements yet in all this there is only one truth, the rest are just a distorted or incomplete version of the truth. Society as a whole is incapable of seeing the truth until at the individual level one can see the truth.
The Conceptual Level
Finally the last level we will explore in this article is the conceptual level. This is the level which is hardest to touch or understand because it seems invisible to most of us. It is where words, thoughts, ideas, emotions, knowledge, life, truth, love, hate, confusion, covenants, bonds amongst many things actually reside. Though it seems invisible it is the level that governs the human mind and creates the greatest veil. It is in words that assumptions are solidified or broken, it is in imagination that reflections and roles are created, it is in love that life is kept, and finally it is in truth that reality exists. In order to fool the individual or the society, all one has to do is adopt the conceptual level according to what they desire. For example if you want to create a society and individuals who are war sympathetic, you just create a conceptual environment full of patriotism, threat to national sovereignty and strength of the nations. In other words you simply spread the word through news programming, media publications, educations syllabus, and entertainment productions; and in no time at all you have the kind of society you want.

It is through the conceptual veil that we begin to accept certain rights, or freedom of speech which may not be really freedom of speech. Bombard society with a certain concept long enough and sooner or later they will accept it as right. What was wrong yesterday can quickly become right today. Advertising uses the same trick on consumers, just bombard people with something they have no need for and sooner or later they will think it is a necessity in life.
Lifting the Veil
It is easy to lift the veil but the truth is that people prefer the roles they have learnt to accept. It is this comfort zone that creates a feeling of reality when most people are living a lie. We pretend yet we do not know we are pretending to be happy. We consistently ask the same stupid questions on what is life about yet we refuse the answers. We are consistently hurt by people, politicians, partners, spouses, children, not because we are stupid but simply because we are ignorant. Lifting the veil is not a lifetime job it is just one moment of truth.

Winston is the author of several books. His breakthrough book was “You Have All Been Fooled”, a book about power, ability, and sheer determination in life. Available on the following
You Have All Been Fooled at Amazon
You Have All Been Fooled at Author’s Page
Winston’s other books include the following
Four Reasons Why Absolute World Peace is Impossible With Humans
The Spark of Life, Success and Relationships
The Book of Revelation Series

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