I am artificial and so are you. Are you offended by my statement? Don’t be because we are all a part of this artificial race together. Can the world really handle the truth? I believe the world can handle the truth, but only in small doses because when truth is spoken repeatedly in a nation, a revolution may follow, or when truth is spoken repeatedly one on one, an argument or a fight may follow as well. Why is this? Should not truth reign supreme in every circumstance? Isn’t truth the ultimate goal? I don’t think so for several reasons. For starters, being polite oftentimes is the force behind being artificial. Do you tell a friend who asks you if their nose is too big that yes it most definitely is? Should a husband tell his wife that her beef stew is horrendous? How about the ugly truth about a person’s personality or character. Like a mother who didn’t do a good job raising her children, or a person who is not well-liked because of their bad attitude. The real truth is artificial people arise out of the need to make people feel better about themselves because reality is much harder to deal with.
Artificial people also hide their true selves or their beliefs hoping that the masses will promote them for a higher position of authority. A politician may switch his or her party just to better his or her chances of winning a political race, but may disagree wholeheartedly with the party’s agenda. And many people in power connect themselves with charities or noble organizations to improve their social standing even though they may have no emotional connection to the charity’s cause, mission, or beliefs. Artificial people also lie to themselves about things they know are true such as, an employee who is chronically late to work but believes the trains are the cause for his or her repeated tardiness and actually holds a grudge against the boss because of his or her lateness. Or the criminals who blame society for the many crimes they have committed instead of making even a minimal effort to change the wrongs they observe and are affected by in their communities.
Artificial people are not robots, zombies, vampires, or Frankenstein. Artificial people are you and me. We can be just as fake and phony with our fellow man as Bill Clinton was when he said slowly and with confidence,”I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.” (Love you Bill) However, the only way to grow and become a better people than we are right now is to always speak the truth to ourselves and to our neighbor. But it must be with love and compassion and the motivation to make our lives more believable.
-aka- The Pink Philosopher