How do I know that everything I’m seeing isn’t a lie?

Many people argue over how the world was created, who created it, why and, for what purpose. In reality nobody really has the answer. One of my favorite films of all time is ‘The Truman Show’ directed by Peter Weir. For me this film epitomises the fear people have that everything we believe to be true in the world is in fact a ‘lie’. Although the film was released in 1998, the issues it raises are timeless. The plot follows an insurance salesman who discovers his entire life is actually a TV show with the purpose to entertain people in the ‘real’ world. After watching this film it is easy to feel paranoid that the same thing is happening to you until you realise that you’re being ridiculous…or are you? The clever element about this film is that, in the extreme, it makes you evaluate your own existence.

A more recent film that explores similar concepts is the 2010 release of ‘Inception’ directed by Christopher Nolan. ‘Inception’ explores the possibility of mind manipulation through the existence of technology that allows others to enter the human mind through dream invasion. This is perhaps an even more terrifying concept and reflects some people’s fears that we are approaching an age where technology has advanced too far, to the point of being destructive.

I’m not sure anyone could confidently say that everything they’re seeing isn’t a lie without being slightly naïve. The irony is that we’ll never really know?

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About brackenstockley

Contributor to the JusticeGap and WINOL. Currently studying journalism at the University of Winchester (Year Three).
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