Meandering

Meandering Monday about Our Personal Narratives

In many ways, perception IS reality.

I harp about narratives a lot – the attempt to change the perception of reality by exaggerating, distorting, censoring or fabricating facts and statistics (they are not the same things), done with the belief that perception IS reality.

In many ways, it’s true. If you convince enough people that the sky is falling, a rational person will be hard pressed to convince them otherwise, especially if those people have also been convinced that the rational person is insane or evil.

What people think of you does have a lot of impact on your own reality.

As I recall, there are three types of narratives/stories that are told about you that you should be aware of. There are the stories that others tell about you – these may or may not be true, and are either what people think of you, or what other people want those people to think of you. You don’t have a lot of control over them. They become what everyone knows about you.

There are stories you tell others about yourself. If you’ve known someone for a long time, you’ll hear them repeat these stories, like the time they chased another kid all the way down the football field and tackled them before they scored, or how they never tip their king in chess. These tell others what you want them to think about you.

There are also the stories you tell yourself. These are a mix of things that you feel profoundly about – disappointments, embarrassments, successes, near misses. They’re about what you feel has been important in making you who you are, as well as goals that you hope to achieve.

The most important stories are the ones you tell yourself. They’re the ones you have control of. They can help you understand yourself better, as well as setting your feet on the path that you will find most fulfilling.

Know yourself. Just Saying…

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One thought on “Meandering Monday about Our Personal Narratives

  1. Re “perception IS reality”

    Whoever promotes the meme “perception is reality” is, wittingly or unwittingly, spreading destructive self-defeating propaganda.

    The MISLEADING FAKE mantra of “perception is reality” is a product of a fake sick culture that has indoctrinated its “dumbed down” (therefore TRULY ignorant, therefore easy to control) people with many such manipulative slogans.

    You can find the proof that perception is commonly NOT reality in the article “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” …. https://www.rolf-hefti.com/covid-19-coronavirus.html

    ““We’re all in this together” is a tribal maxim. Even there, it’s a con, because the tribal leaders use it to enforce loyalty and submission. … The unity of compliance.” — Jon Rappoport, Investigative Journalist

    “2 weeks to flatten the curve has turned into…3 shots to feed your family!” — Unknown

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