The Sterility of Hyperbole.

The messenger.

In ‘Westernised’ societies we are in a time of rampant hyperbole. It is hurled at us at every opportunity supposedly to make us feel good, or because the hurler hopes to gain from making us feel good. We too embrace hyperbole in the hope of feeling good. However, in reality this is a fruitless, if fleeting, embrace because this feeling is as fickle as a breeze on a still day.

In these times we search madly for ‘fun’, we are inundated by smiling, laughing faces and contrived laughter – all exaggerated; we are attracted to what once were ‘stars’ but are now ‘superstars’ and there are thousand of living ‘icons’ who are worshipped more than ancient religious icons and just about everything is described in superlatives that have improved upon previous superlatives! This is the massive con of hyperbole that we both accept and enjoy in the mistaken belief that it makes us happier. This is self-delusion.

There are many who will perceive what I have said here as negative, for a variety of reasons, but perception does not alter reality. Discounting physics, reality is neither negative nor positive – only the perception of it is one or the other.

Rather than succumb to the pursuit of the ephemeral ‘feel good’ feeling one would do well to pursue a course that brings true, permanent happiness – and that cannot be found in worldly things.

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book.
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3 Responses to The Sterility of Hyperbole.

  1. Reader says:

    There is a famous Paradox of hedonism that says:

    In seeking happiness, one does not find happiness.

    Now if that is ,em> a con of hyperbole, then it is not true. And if it is true then its not a paradox. If it is not a paradox then it is not a con. I think I need some fresh air…

    🙂 🙂

    • Ian Gardner says:

      Like this from The ‘Quo Vadis?’ File III?

      Enlightenment.
      As long as one desires enlightenment one will not achieve it, for one of the qualities of the enlightened state is that of being without desire.

  2. Reader says:

    The last part of the last sentence is very mischievous.

    permanent happiness – and that cannot be found in worldly things.

    The idea itself should keep some people happy till their deaths.

    🙂

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