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.