What kind of world are we living in today..??!!
It is more of illusion with a liberal dose of reality.
The mind creates a world of illusion. Once this is done, our thoughts change to adapt to this illusion and accept it but what we forget is that reality resides within us and hence we start experiencing the conflicts that eventually becomes exacting on us. Even though, the abstraction of illusion is only a fragment of our mind, it has an overpowering control on us since we let it handle, the handle bar of our life.
The World Wide Web has dwarfed the world. Google has an answer to almost everything. Today, anything and everything is within our possible reach from any corner of the world. Gadgets control our life and seem to extract from all of us, our time and money to such an extent that we, practically, live as an asocial in an e-World today. This world has undoubtedly reconnected us with old friends and relations but it has also limited us from individual bonding. Gone are the days, When we sat to chat with friends on grounds! Now, we chat in chat rooms..!! Meeting in person seems a distant possibility. Same applies to families, too. How many times have we received updates of our near and close ones from social networking sites or emails? Checked out family function memories on the web. Instead of attending functions like how our parents used to do it with great enthusiasm in days of lore.
Beyond the aforesaid, we also have the self-created pressing need to maintain the same lifestyle as those of our peers/friends/relatives et al. There is no doctrine as such yet we feel a compelling need within us to be on par. True to Rick Warren words “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
Given such a base premise, one might wonder why then are there so many people living an unreal and fake life? Well, it is primarily due to them not being able to sift between illusion and reality and draw the line. They are unable to do it because they never allow their inner self to assert and guide them. These are the very people who don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions to be destroyed. Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. Let yourself never be a part of such a world.
The only way forward when in conflict of mind is to doubt what you are taught to believe; unlearn what you have learnt and relearn once again. If the realm you live in real then you do not have to maintain a fake appearance. You just to be who you are and enjoy life's little and big things. As Bill Gates, once said "Don't compare yourself with anyone in the world... If you do so, you are insulting yourself."
I, always prefer to be true to myself even at the consequence of being misunderstood or becoming a subject of ridicule for others and embarrassment to self.This negative response doesn't bother me as much as incurring my own abhorrence does if I do not keep my reality-check intact and deviate to illusion..!!