YOU CHALLENGE THE BULL, YOU GET THE HORN!
1. a shifting series of phantasms, illusions, or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination.
2.a changing scene made up of many elements.
3. an optical illusion produced by a magic lantern or the like in which figures increase or diminish in size, pass into each other, dissolve, etc.
I love this word. It conjures visions of a world that surrounds us and that we can master.
Fear of the unknown tomorrow haunts our waking moments, and invades our peaceful slumber. The more responsibility we have for others, spouse, children, elderly parents, others who are in need of assistance, the more we fear life will turn against us.
This chaotic world challenges our belief system and tradition. What will come tomorrow?
Some take to the streets with funny hats and placards that nobody remembers. Others turn to authority and believe the promises made to gain power. Still others turn to GOD and a system that explains he will make it all right if you only follow his teaching. We have become expert at finding fault, but lacking in finding meaning.
If you are still reading this, you are starting to get uncomfortable. Who the hell is this guy to tell me what I think? You are right! I don't know what you think. But we share some common traits as Humans! We long for security. We want to plan a vacation with the knowledge that we will have a job and bank account when we return. We want to purchase a house and car with the knowledge we can pay for it, and plan a retirement.
But our world has been turned into uncertainty by over reaching government and enterprise that no longer values our services. There are too many of us doing the same thing. We can easily be replaced with an Internet search that will reveal someone younger, cheaper, and more desperate.
Which brings the subject to the Internet. We can obtain all knowledge with a GOOGLE. No longer must we ponder over leather bound tombs that take hours, days to reveal information surrounded by confusing discussion. We can go directly to KOS, or Huffington Post and get precisely what we wanted to know.
AND we can go to social media and find those of like mind, to comfort us in the knowledge that we posses the answer to life. If anyone dares question our truth, we can stick a link in his face and drive him away. AAAGH. We have the answer to life's problems.
Now that our stature has been raised. We can seek out web sites to display our knowledge and expertise. We can create an Avatar that displays our greater understanding of the world. We can curse America and those fools who think it offers hope to the world that each man can live in dignity. We can prove that everybody has a right to everything, and damn those who have more than their fair share.
What a wonderful world we live in. So why do I feel that it is all Phantasmagoria?