Think of the 60’s and chances are you’re thinking of free love, drugs and a lot of psychedelic things. If you’re not… what the heck does the 60’s conjure up for you? Anyway, during the 60’s psychedelic rock was born. And I’m not sure if it works so well because the music itself is formed in such a way as to stimulate the sensation of psychedelic drugs or whether it’s because Hollywood has used psychedelic rock so frequently for drug use scenes. Either way, pair it with a kaleidoscope and you’ve got some legal fun… ish.
In 1967 Jefferson Airplane (though if you’re sensible that should be Jefferson Aeroplane) released their breakthrough album Surrealistic Pillow. Along with providing Somebody To Love we were introduced to The White Rabbit. On the one hand you could say we were all pretty familiar with the white rabbit before hand. It’s pretty much all stuff we read in Alice In Wonderland. But paired with the genre of psychedelic rock and all of a sudden we’re talking about a crazy drug trip.
In fact it was such a successful idea that many people still believe to this day that Alice In Wonderland is a vaguely disguised drug trip written in the form of a children’s story. It’s not but it’s all about what people believe at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter what the truth is when the masses believe the “alternative truth”. Worse still, when the masses believe falsified claims it’s harder to find the truth when you want to wake up and open your eyes.
The trouble is, to really see the world you must do it through your own eyes. You cannot rely on those around you to relay facts about the world to you. Your own parents in complete honesty could misrepresent the world to you because you would view it differently. I think it was C. S. Lewis I was reading when I read something about not being able to be certain the gold gate bridge exists until you have seen it with your own eyes. A photo cannot be believed, a painting cannot be believed, hearsay cannot be believed. You must see it.
I really can’t be bothered to fact check that, but one thing C. S. Lewis definitely said was
“I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost, much less a nation. Nor do most people — all the people who believe advertisements, and think in catchwords and spread rumors.”
Which if you ask me is a pretty intelligent way to say that democracy is never truly a democracy. Just look at how easy it was to convince millions of Americans to vote for an entity with the intelligence and appearance of a sun dried tomato in their presidential election.
Britain get to vote for their leader on Thursday and while I’ve been mostly avoiding the news, as near as I can tell the media has been telling them two things. One, neither leader is adequate, Corbyn is a weak willed buffoon and Theresa May is literally the devil incarnate attempting to dismantle the country from the inside out. Two, it’s a two horse race. Apparently the only possible outcomes are that Corbyn/May will win, with the outside chance of a coalition government (because that worked so well last time…).
But I ask this, what if everyone votes for a different party? What if they all vote… green… or yellow? (Please not purple) Surely it’s not a two horse race when there are five big parties duking it out for the top spot. If the option is there why not discuss it? The advertisements, catchwords and rumours C. S. Lewis talked about are all there. Was he and is he still right?
This is my artsy post on how easy it is to manipulate the human mind. I mean I talked about music and not one but two literary legends (though I suppose I didn’t mention Lewis Carroll’s name… now I have). Maybe I’ll think about this from a scientific perspective too. Just to hammer home my point about how pretty much everything we perceive in the modern world is just an “alternative fact”.