“If you fake it ‘til you make it,’ then what you make will be fake.” — Robin Wheeler
Don’t Fake it. You Will Create Fake Happiness
Our culture wants to be a fake. It gives others the false impression that we are achieving the goals the culture sets for us. There are many people who conclude that our culture is a carefully crafted fraud. It’s a consumer-driven philosophy. It creates the need or problem and then offers the solution. Advertising is just the latest installment of this strategy.
Be mindful of where you focus your energy. Your intent needs to be authentic. If you pretend you are something you are not, you will not find fulfillment in your efforts. By your fake intentions, you will create empty and fake returns. So, don’t follow the crowd. Don’t fake it. Don’t be a fake person.
Religion Teaches Us to Pretend
Western Organized Religion perfected the process of brainwashing eons ago. These are the Abrahamic Religions which include the religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These religions are the re-branding of mythologies of the ancient Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, and Babylonian empires.
These religions teach us through indoctrination at early ages to pretend in a number of things. They teach us to pretend there’s a heaven. Then we learn that we need to belong to their institutions in order to get there. If we do, then we can pretend that we are special, chosen by an imaginary being.
This provides justification to perpetuate acts of violence and discrimination and to have a clear conscience about it. Yes, we are forgiven, regardless of the greed and evil we inflict on others and the planet. We may even be rewarded by our imaginary friend if we are especially cruel to those who don’t agree with our brand of beliefs. Ask yourself, would someone who uses common sense believe this? Would an authentic person need to pretend about this in order to be secure in their life?
Don’t be a fake person just to fit in. Your innate desire to seek spiritual things cannot be quenched by following dogma and doctrine. If you follow religion you will create an addiction. This is a substitute for your own spiritual quest.
Corporate Culture Teaches Us to Pretend
Today everyone learns to pretend they are happy. They project the illusion they are successful. But by what definition of success?
Pretending enables us to fit into the crowd. If you ascribe to corporate slavery, then you receive the rewards of the culture to the extent you provide a return on investment. You must fit the mold and become what the corporate culture wants.
If you awaken, it’s possible you do not want to work 60 to 80 hours a week in order to prove your allegiance some corporation. But be careful not to be too outspoken. You’ll find yourself out of a job and no way to provide for yourself. You’ll find a bad reputation will make you unemployable.
Popular Culture Teaches Us to Pretend
Overall, the modern cultural narrative programs us to live fake lives. We are programmed to fake happiness from an early age. The way we look, dress and live perpetuates the illusion of success. The mantra is “to fake it, even if we don’t feel like it.” And, if you don’t make it? Keep faking it. You can buy your way into a happy life, right? Wrong.
This type of mindset isn’t just optimism, it’s denial. Some resort to drugs to keep up the fake appearances of success and happiness. Then at some point, we crash. We have breakdowns. We need rehab. Okay, then it all starts over again. Living in this type of constant denial is harmful to our very health and wellbeing. Don’t fake it. Learn to resist commercialism.
Life expectancy from birth is a method most often used as a measure of overall health. The USA ranks 43 out of the top 50 for longevity… Let that sink in. The most modern health care system in the world with the most food available.
The Cost of Fake Happiness
Realize there’s a heavy price to pay for not wanting to join in the collective beliefs and values. There’s no room for thinking outside the box. You must ascribe to the values of the box to a certain extent in order to be tolerated in the society.
So, can you be awake and still ‘look like’ you are faking it with the rest of them? Is it possible to live a double life? Yes, anything is possible. And, that is the only way to bring about the awakening of those who are on the fanatical side of the equation. However, the price to pay for joining in the cultural narrative is a heavier cost. It will cost you the authentic life you were born to live. Don’t be a fake! Fake happiness is the worst kind of unhappiness.
Learn to question the cultural narrative. Learn to use your mind to determine fact from fiction. To do this you must learn to think logically. Our culture doesn’t want you to do this. That means you must take some time to study on your own.
We suggest using the full complement of logical tools. Start with an understanding of logical reasoning. Then add the logical axioms these will help you recognize the common sales ploys used to sell ideologies. And, lastly the toolbox “spotting logical fallacy.”
Don’t Be a Fake Person
Take the opposite approach and be authentic. In this way, you need not pretend at all. You won’t have to pretend you are happy. And you won’t need to join with others who have an imaginary friend. It’s important to realize, you will create yourself every day. If you walk with authenticity, people will notice. You will find that your happiness does not come from buying things or belonging to a group of pretenders. So, be true to yourself. Be authentic. Don’t be a fake person.
Above all, develop your own path. If you must fake it in order to survive in the cultural narrative that surrounds you, find ways to connect with the source of your Being. Don’t fake it. Learn about and use the ancient spiritual technologies of spiritual exploration to forge your own path.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia