A couple of mllennia back, a Roman governor of Judea asked: “What is truth?” Fact checkers: Ref: Christian Bible, New Testament. No one then present had a cell phone handy. We mention this only to illustrate the age of the query; it is not new.
Nevertheless, we are supposed to accept ‘virtual reality’ as new. Certainly the computer tech that has provided that term is relatively new but the idea itself is ancient. Another name for it is “illusion.” E.g: if one indulges in virtual sex, there will be no need for either an obstetrician r an abortionist. Guaranteed!
We are having increasing difficulty separating reality and virtual reality; we suspect that our politicians are even farther along this path than we are. That would explain a great many of today’s common observations.
For example: Millions of Americans apparently voted for a President whose education, law license and even citizenship were some form of virtual reality. Twice!
That this was no accident is demonstrated by the clear expectation that they will do so again in support of Mrs. Clinton. She was apparently fired as a Congressional staffer for chronic lying; her attempt at “Clintoncare” during her husbands’s administration came to nought and her subsequent activities are embroiled in scandals and investigations. That is seamy reality; virtual reality has her standing forth as the championess of the Good, the True and the Beautiful. Virtually, of course.
Our (virtual) “Leader of the Free World” speaks of our virtual economic recovery while the middle class shrinks and the percentage of nonworking population rises. He brags of his accomplishment limiting Iran’s nuclear access in much the same terms as Neville Chamberlain promised “Peace in our time” after he bought Hitlers’ scam. Old Adolf had not scammed nearly as often as have the Persians of Iran. Virtual reality on steroids!
In New Mexico, a cellar dweller among states in education success, a step forward has been recently acclaimed under a (rare) Republican Governor. The high school graduation rate has finally started to rise. A little. That’s the reality part; what makes it virtual, is the preceding reduction in graduation requirements that gave rise to it.
Perhaps the most outstanding example is the President and various Democrats and Republicans insistence upon importing hordes of illegal Hispanic workers to compete for a dwindling percentage of jobs (by population) while claiming to be pushing recovery. That’s a reality about as virtual as it gets.
We all must now acknowledge that Obamcare doesn’t provide “better care to more people at less cost” and it is no longer even illusion that we can keep our doctor.
Today’s political reality seems so virtual now that any similarity between it and plain old reality is laughed off or denounced as subversive. Not for the first time, we recall the old Roadrunner cartoons in which Wiley E. Coyote would walk out off a cliff, finding firm placement for his feet … until he looked down and reality struck. Up to that point, virtual reality sustained him. But it is unwise to forget that virtual reality always at some point, runs into the real thing, as occurred when Wiley E. Coyote looked down.
And as our young folk remind us these days: “Reality Sucks!” (But it remains reality …)