Since the dawn of history (way to use a trite lead in) we have been telling stories that blur the lines between fiction and reality. In many cases this could be seen as nothing more then a propagandist tool. The over glorification of the pharaoh into a living god, for example- became a functioning reality through the use of hyperreal narrative. It was hyperreality which first forged the collective beliefs of our ancestors
To a degree, one could say that an attempt to create a consensus reality through hyperreal narrative is necessary to the formation of society. If the dictators did not have a good enough story to back up their dictatorship, then why would we listen at all? What has made certain people chosen to rule throughout history has primarily been backed by claims substantiated by hyperreality.
Hyperreality is the realm of experience where fiction and reality blend and merge so that, at times, it becomes impossible to separate them. History was first told in this way- with recalled events laced with fantasized elaborations, gods which were on our sides, heros who never really existed- everything inflate. The winner takes the narrative and defines it. History is written by conquerors.
And at times these hyperrealities take on bizarre new twists as they are recycled to serve entirely new purposes…
The relative context of the use of hyperreality reveals it’s fictional nature. For, who can really lay claim to stories which have been told since we were telling stories?
The reality is that people can think and say whatever they want, but the fiction is that ideas and symbols belong to specific groups who hold rights to control the context by which those ideas are communicated. The hegemony on hyperreality was once waged as inquisitions to enforce a singular Roman Christian narrative- with the killing even of other Christians who did no adhere to the same narrative in which they placed their personal context of Christianity. Today the hegemony on hyperreality continues as corporate copyright licensing guided by opportunistic monopolization.
As it was in the beginning, history is told by conquerors, and dissent is either destroyed or appropriated back into the hegemony. Those with the most money can speak the loudest. It comes down to the same dynamics as it always has. It is not the rule by money though, no. Money is imagined. It is the rule by magic!
Those with the magic make the rules. The sorcerer has always been the hidden asset in the castle tower. To cast a spell, one must know how to get people to believe in it. What makes people believe in money? What makes people believe in copyrights? What makes people believe in law? Propaganda is magic, and magic is propaganda. To use symbols, words, and narratives to influence the minds of others is an act of magic. To establish magical effect is as mundane as convincing people. There are no sparkles or shimmers about it, unless you take the right “potion”, or get “slipped a mickey”.
But even if you see how the magic works, the illusion persists as long as enough people in your environment are under the spell. Whether you believe in money or not, chances are you still have to use it. The power of hyperreality is that it becomes a functioning reality through it’s simulation of meaning. Our world is run by simulations which are directed by an unquestioned use of mind control technique. Do we feel good about this? The blissfully ignorant actually seem to enjoy it so long as the illusion works in their favor.
It is sedation which encumbers the mind to shallow acceptance. The mind in its natural state is to question. Only through denial and reward are we conditioned to memorize answers without questioning. Many people stop questioning entirely once they have found the right level of sedation.
Holly wood is associated with the waning forces of nature and so is preferred by some for wands to use in ritual magic. Besides being used as a dildo, wands are used to direct attention. Appropriate to its name, Hollywood is a guiding force (wand) to engineer (conjure) cultural (cult ritual) developments. At times this magic is mere distraction, and at times it is intentional imprinting. The mind switches to a low alpha state (meditation, day dreaming/high suggestibility) after staring at a screen long enough. The fuzzy detached feeling you get from exiting a theater is your mind trying to wake up. You may not remember all the details of the film, but at the deepest level of your psyche they have been imprinted.
If you consciously remember something you can choose how you feel about it and make critical judgments about it. If something is retained in the unconscious, it can manifest as a reality which is unquestioningly accepted. The less you think about it, the more you think it is you thinking about it. The more you think about it, the more you realize that the thought is an objectified packet of information entirely detached from the self, and of no more meaning than you care to place in it. To take your mental programming as personal is seriously self limiting.
But we have been collectively sized up to be ruled predicatively through emotions- not real emotions, but just really good acting of emotions. The acting informs us of unspoken norms, and personal life takes on a scripted quality as we act out the narratives which have been reinforced by Disney, Hollywood, and other such hegemonies. But what are they trying to achieve? We can see clearly in the past how this was used to guide society by religious superstitions- enforced for cohesion of empires.
Today we are fooled by pretenses of liberalism and science, so that we assume we are more enlightened than our ancestors were. What we often fail to realize is that, though the social narrative has changed, the social dynamic remains the same. History is told through television just as obliquely as it was in pictograph- with as much hyperreal inflation as ever.
So, what is the answer to this equation? How is humanity to relieve itself from the exploitative use of hyperreal narrative? How can humanity exit history? The initial solution is absolute and unrelenting cynicism. Cynicism has been conveniently misrepresented in our society as a bitter stubbornness. The dogged nature of the cynic has been practically vilified, even as we continue to recall that “dog is man’s best friend”. The personal loyalty of the dog is only half of its virtue, for it is its distrust which guards from predators.
Once absolute cynicism is embraced it might be possible to create new hyperrealities, whose purposes and designs are entirely transparent to those who adopt them. For, magic doesn’t control people- people control people. As absurd as it may sound, arming everyone with magic could level the playing field. We don’t need to fight once we can override. In reality we are already there, it is only a matter of clearing the static of conceptual interface.