Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Fictional Life

Last week I covered a class that watched A Beautiful Mind. (Psychology. Teacher had a last minute family emergency, so the lesson plans were a bit thrown together. Understandable, considering the circumstances.)

Should I put in a spoiler alert here? You've seen this one, right? Well, if you haven't and you don't want a spoiler, skip this post.

Anyway, we got to the point where we learn that it had all been a delusion, and the class went silent. (They're weren't talking that much to begin with, but at this point they were riveted.) And then Christopher Plummer's doctor says something to Jennifer Connelly's wife character, and I knew I had my what if for the week.

(Yes, this has been done in movies before. Ignore that. Just ponder the thought.)

What if you discovered that a part (or all) of your life is a lie? A fiction? A delusion? Not real?


  1. I would love that. I seek truth and this would satisfy my desire for truth. I think others though would be terrified.

    For example: Religion. There's no proof at all that god exists. Not one shred. Yet people believe because it's what they want to believe.

    If it were all revealed to be a lie and us atheists were right? People would be in such emotional turmoil society in the U.S. would collapse and there'd be mass shootings everywhere as churches sought to continue controlling people.

  2. That might depend upon what the reality is. But as long as there were Oreos in that reality, I'd probably be okay...

  3. I accept reality as I see it. If it changed, I'm sure I'd be all shocked, but it is what it is.


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