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Everyone has a different concept of what reality is It would seem on the surface that this should not be the case since by definition reality would be an absolute constant in any situation Good on paper but not in fact As always the truth is never so simple Everyone has their own take on what is real and what is not Those who have a sense of reality most similar to our own are those we eventually think of as friends or compatriots We tend to avoid those who disagree with us while anyone whose perspective is radically different is usually institutionalized ostracized or at least moved out of the mainstream of the societyculture they live in until - or unless - they can prove to the status quo the validity of their point of view You could probably put anyone from Leonardo da Vinci to the Wright Brothers to Thelonius Monk in the latter category The way we acquire our information combined with the veracity of that information affects our subjective sense of reality It is the reason why propaganda was such a useful weapon during the Cold War years The ability to create doubt in the minds of society causes that society to question its own sense of culturalsocietalgovernmental reality In his book 1984 George Orwell created a society in which the ministry of information controlled the masses by controlling the information they received The government even went so far as to rewrite history by changing old newspaper and film files to support the ideological goals of the current regime They created a world very far removed from the truth but also gave the public a unified single consistent vision however untrue The mythology of rock is very firmly rooted Many of us grew up believing that if we learned to play well we would find success or even more specifically success would just naturally come looking for us Just because you
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