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“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”
a Chinese proverb.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The illusions of life.

The illusions of life often mislead us to false realities. The other night I was invited as a guest of the main actress to attend a taping of a television show. So I arranged to take my children and give them an opportunity to see how a TV show is made.

It took no time at all before their (kids) questions started to spill forth. The concept of facades, sets, props, and the like began to create several exciting paradigms, and what they thought they saw was not really what they were seeing. It was Hollywood magic at its best. Doors that are not really doors, rooms that are not rooms, an office set next too a bedroom set, where you only have to walk a few feet and the camera sees something completely different. Watching my children walk around the sets and getting to set down on the set was something else. I began, as always, to think about this experience and life as a whole.

I have talked about facades here in other posts, but I have never explored our ability to create and re-create internal sets about who and what we are. How many sets have we created inside? Little rooms of different personalities that we manifest into behaviors. We buy props for these sets, for example, if I wanted to build an image (set) that I am a biker guy. I would need some cool props to sell that image. A motorcycle, some cool clothes and so on. I might even learn some new vocabulary, an create a persona just like a real actor would for a movie part.

But is this image of who I am real or imagined? The TV set we are on, was really nothing more than a big warehouse room. Boring and uncreative. I took someone to create and build what we saw the other night. It took an investment of time, energy and no doubt money.

Who we think we are is not really that different. We broadcast our conceived self to everyone who cares to tune in. Our clothes, cars, furniture, the books we read and put up on shelves, all become props to this madness of self definition. Even the colors we choose are very telling to those who watch our show.

Like Hollywood, we become that image created on that "set". And like Hollywood, we can tear down a set and create a new one. This is the amazing thing, we can change our image, to others and ourselves. But many of us, continue to live out or lives in "sets" created by others. We continue to define our self by what some else created. Is that the image, the life you want?

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