Illusion: The condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief.
It’s no coincidence that a similar trait that most wise individuals seem to share in our society is that they’ve gone through bouts of agonizing mental discord/emotional trauma at some point in their existence, usually followed by a period of isolation. Making a habit of such daily agony prompts the mind to discover a way to overcome, and thus many find in these situations that their ability to think critically is activated. Lifestyle’s of oppression yield the inevitable withdrawal from such environments/triggers, to a sanctuary where one may record and decipher their perception, to build and transcend. In this isolation, the social constructs, the components of years of psychological conditioning, the illusions all begin to dissipate because there are no longer outlets present for them to be enforced.
Here there are no distractions. There are no advertisements to play on your psyche and insecurities, no sentimental bias to warp your perspective, and no intimidation from those in a position of authority who threaten you to conform to a particular disposition. Discover relief in the shedding of social burdens, and reestablish the most important relationship in your life, your intimate relationship with Reality. In your solitude, you may honor and cultivate this essential awareness that becomes obscured in the demands and oppressive nature of our societal obligations. In your sanctuary, you may love with the whole of your being, create, and revel in the innate pleasure of existence.
Once one creates and sustains an efficient sanctuary, it becomes time to carry this euphoria beyond one’s dwelling place to make constructive change in the world. Awareness is to be worn as the coat of armor, as one prepares for the blows they will receive from others still unaware of their conditioned patterns of suffering and ignorance. This is what it is to exist. The courage and initiative to condemn belligerence and cultivate empathy, to teach as well as continue to learn. To know when to accept and when to reject, and above all, to explore the bliss of existence with other beings of such will and awareness. It is time to part the clouds and shed warm, beautiful light on all of our cold and pained expressions.
The day that someone produces a newspaper ad that reads: “Twenty honkies for sale today: good condition, best offer accepted,” or “Cracker to be lynched tonight: whistled at black woman,” then perhaps I’ll see the equivalence of these slurs with the more common type to which we’ve grown accustomed. Simply put, what separates white racism from any other form, and what makes anti-black, anti-brown, anti-yellow, or anti-red humor more biting and more dangerous than its anti-white equivalent is the ability of the former to become lodged in the minds of and perceptions of the citizenry. White perceptions are what end up counting in a white-dominated society. If whites say Indians are savages (be they of the “noble” or vicious type), then by God, they’ll be seen as savages. If Indians say whites are mayonnaise-eating Amway salespeople, who the hell is going to care? If anything, whites will simply turn it into a marketing opportunity. When you have the power, you can afford to be self-deprecating, after all.