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There are two worlds: the substantive world and a model of the world that we create in our minds.
This perceived world does not rely on our direct senses, but instead relies on a vast pipeline of information that we heartily invite into our lives. We have accustomed ourselves to a constant connection to this pipeline. We tell ourselves that we are more knowledgeable, worldlier, and better informed with this plethora of data sources. We take this collection of information as a surrogate of the real world.
However, this pipeline is corrupted. The sources of data are not pure, not without their own motivations and biases. They seek to influence and manipulate our perceptions, desires, and fears.
Constant messages of consumerism instill the vital and urgent need for products and lifestyles into us; we cannot be complete without the new and improved. We substitute real interaction with fake plastic snapshots of people’s best-staged moments on social media. Look how happy they are all the time, while we sit alone, mired in disquiet and unease. Violent crime is down, lives. We were not directly affected, but we could have been. Things like that should not happen in the world, but what can we do? We better check the news again to stay abreast of the latest developments. Maybe posting a selfie with a $5 cup of coffee will fulfill us while we wait for the inevitable apocalypse.
Sunlight. Blue sky. The pure sensation of warmth on your skin. For just a moment in time, we are brought back to the actual world in which we exist. It is all suddenly so clear. We tell ourselves we will stay here forever. But eventually we cannot help but feed the habit. Just one more look.
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