The symbolic, the real and ‘the imaginary’ all have individual definitions and all relate to something significant in our daily sense of the world, all evoke meanings and references independent of each other. We seek out or sometimes we even avoid the real world, we have imaginary friends, and we also experience imaginary symbolic moments.
But how do you cause people to believe in an imaginary order? First and first you never admit that the order is imagined. You always insist that the order is an objective reality created by the laws of nature, and so such imaginary order told us that we’ve been created by gods wile the society, institutions and governments – takes charge of such order. People are unequal but so are equal and not because I said so, but because nature and evolution created them that way thoroughly.
From the moment you are born, you are constantly being reminded of the principles of the imaginary order, which are incorporated into anything and everything. Such imaginary order is incorporated into fairy tales, dramas, paintings, songs, etiquette, political propaganda, architecture, recipes and fashions. For example, today people are prevented from realising that the order organising their lives exists only in their imagination, and allow me a moment to go deeper in such subject, right now.
Firstly, the imagined order is embedded in the material world. Though the imagined order exists only in our minds, it can be woven into the material reality around us. Each of us has within ourselves a brilliant ray of light that gives value and meaning to our lives and only ourselves we know our true worth.
Secondly, the imaginary order shapes our desires. Most people do not wish to accept that the order governing their lives is imaginary, but in fact every person is born into a pre-existing imagined order, and his or her desires are shaped from birth by its dominant myths. Our personal desires thereby become the imagined order’s most important defences.
For instance, friends giving you advice in this very moment right now and even often tell each other, ‘Follow your heart.’ But the heart is a double agent that usually takes its instructions from the dominant myths of the day, and the very recommendation to ‘follow your heart’ was implanted in your mind, mine and others minds by a combination of nineteenth-century romantic myths and twentieth-century consumerist myths. The Coca-Cola Company, for example, has marketed Diet Coke around the world under the slogan ‘Diet Coke. Do what feels good.’ and thats what people take to be their most personal desires are usually programmed by the imagined order.
You have been program by the imaginary order.
Thank you for reading this article. I now leave behind my pen and paper and go travelling in distant lands, where I can ‘experience’ the culture, the smells, the tastes and the norms of other people, and tell you another story on how a new experience opened my eyes and changed my life in what I do best ‘Composing Music and Writing Stories’ ..mostly for you.