Truth Is Weird

The other day I was told that events a while ago were not really how I had perceived them at the time. The details are inconsequential – it was a long time ago. It did make me think, however. I might just be a bit naïve, but I implicitly trust a lot of what I’m told, and that forms the basis of my own perceived reality.

It’s then incredibly jarring when that reality is replaced with one closer to what objectively happened – if such an objective reality can exist at all! It’s the same kind of thing which freaks out anyone who learns about Quantum Physics; objective reality seems to go away. Reality becomes dependent on some hazy ill-defined concept of observation. It’s… disconcerting. Like someone’s shifting the scenery about while you’re trying to act.

And everyone has their own story, their own viewpoints. A reality shaped by a hundred thousand or more moments seen through their eyes with their biases and their feelings. People you thought you know might not be who you thought they were. Like everyone I know had a 6th birthday. I have absolutely no idea what any of them were like. What they got, how they felt. Heck, I can’t really remember my own. I can hardly believe where the last year has gone, let alone the 18 that preceded it.

You’ll never know all those little things that explain who the people we share this life with really are, and never really know what their truth is. Makes me feel a tad like I’m adrift, nothing quite solid.

The real question is, I suppose: Do you really need to know?

Anyways, I read an article on Uncyclopedia about the London Underground:

London Underground is an addictive live role-playing game played by millions of Londoners every day beneath the streets of London. For the price of a single-journey ticket, “commuters” (as game participants are called) are armed with a laser gun and a truncheon. The aim of the game is to battle your way through the crowds of commuters to get to Mornington Crescent.

Made me wonder if there wasn’t some kind of game in there. And I mean some kinda computer game, I’ve heard of the game they play on radio. Right now I’ve got some vague concepts floating around, but nothing I’m convinced would be fun. Anyone have any ideas?

8 thoughts on “Truth Is Weird

  1. The whole perception thing is funny, like when I said your post was ‘dreary’ the other day and I meant it had quite a bleak outlook on things an you thought I meant boring.
    Deceit is awful, I mean as if things aren’t complicated enough, you then have someone pretending. I don’t think it’s naive, I just think it shows trust in people and that’s a good thing.
    It is interesting, if you can get two sides of a story seeing how people perceive the same event. Like when two people are courting or something and you get to hear what they both think of each other, or when outsiders think one is leading the other on and they have completely the wrong idea. First impressions are also odd perceptions too because when you get to really know someone they can really change.

  2. The whole perception thing is funny, like when I said your post was ‘dreary’ the other day and I meant it had quite a bleak outlook on things an you thought I meant boring.
    Deceit is awful, I mean as if things aren’t complicated enough, you then have someone pretending. I don’t think it’s naive, I just think it shows trust in people and that’s a good thing.
    It is interesting, if you can get two sides of a story seeing how people perceive the same event. Like when two people are courting or something and you get to hear what they both think of each other, or when outsiders think one is leading the other on and they have completely the wrong idea. First impressions are also odd perceptions too because when you get to really know someone they can really change.

  3. Agreed,

    Also I often notice how perception depends almost entirely on what mood I am in. If I am in my depressive anti-social mood I hate every one and everything, no matter what is said to me I get annoyed, even if it was a very nice thing that was said. This is often followed by loud heavy music and often cleaning and playing with my guns.

    However when I am in my happy, social mood I turn very naive and it takes an awful lot to convince me that something is wrong or not quite right. This has caused a lot of problems for me in recent years.

  4. Agreed,

    Also I often notice how perception depends almost entirely on what mood I am in. If I am in my depressive anti-social mood I hate every one and everything, no matter what is said to me I get annoyed, even if it was a very nice thing that was said. This is often followed by loud heavy music and often cleaning and playing with my guns.

    However when I am in my happy, social mood I turn very naive and it takes an awful lot to convince me that something is wrong or not quite right. This has caused a lot of problems for me in recent years.

  5. Sorry, another thing I thought of about perceptions, have you seen Mr and Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? When they were kissing on the film it really seems more real than in normal films like they were actually making out and lots of the reviews said there was loads of chemistry between the two actors, can you imagine how Jennifer Aniston felt when she found out they were having an affair around the time it was filmed?

  6. Sorry, another thing I thought of about perceptions, have you seen Mr and Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? When they were kissing on the film it really seems more real than in normal films like they were actually making out and lots of the reviews said there was loads of chemistry between the two actors, can you imagine how Jennifer Aniston felt when she found out they were having an affair around the time it was filmed?

  7. I haven’t seen it, but I get what you mean. Must have been absolutely gutting for her, I’d imagine. Not many people get to see their husbands actually in the process of having an affair.

  8. I haven’t seen it, but I get what you mean. Must have been absolutely gutting for her, I’d imagine. Not many people get to see their husbands actually in the process of having an affair.

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