Exploring the Social Imagination

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Senses a False 'Sense' of Reality in the Social Imagination

Sense-perception has long been a preoccupation of philosophers. One pervasive and traditional problem, sometimes called “the Problem of Perception”, is created by the phenomena of perceptual illusion and hallucination: if these kinds of error are possible, how can perception be what we ordinarily understand it to be, an openness to and awareness of the world? 

Over the years, thinkers have tackled the problem of the senses as being the determining logic for reality. They argue that we can only know what is real through the senses. But, then one has to ask real to whom. The answer would be only to those that perceive it, right? Yes, and if you ask a number of people to describe what they 'think' they see, each one will describe it differently. The same goes for touching something, smelling something, and hearing.

As a sociologist of classical thought, reality does not exist unless there is 'social' agreement in that we as social creatures/entities know only what/who we are through social interaction and thus come to coexist in a place through agreement of information experienced in a place. Information is as 'data' taken in and exchanged; received through social interaction, accepted or chosen or rejected to be right but only in these of what is agreed on as beneficial information in social context in the moment it is received and passed on... like the game of telephone.

Thus, it is not our senses that provide reality. They are but conduits for receiving information but even in just that act there is no meaning. Meaning happens within the social imagination of social interaction (controlled by social dynamics in the social imagination). What information means is dependent upon what is agreed as important or not and in this activity in the social imagination there is generated a social reality. But even in saying that, there is no one social reality as illustrated in the game of telephone, so it is with in the social imagination in a place.

That is why, information agreed upon in any place is not 100 percent accurate... no, not at all.  It is only accurate as it means something (positive or negative) to a group of people in a place having received information through social interaction and in that have come to agree through social interaction (the experience of social dynamics 'subordination/domination' in the social imagination in a place) that there is something to be agreed on (bad/good).

Whether positive or negative, that something agreed on has meaning for each participating member in the social dynamic of the social imagination in the moment each perceive it.  Whatever it means, is greater than whether it actually exists or not.  Because, whatever that something actually is, we can never really know it outside of 'agreement' reality - in the social imagination.

Therefore, our senses can fool us, they can trick us or rather they can deceive us- deceive our true self because we live in a social imagination. That means we will agree on something only as it has meaning for us in that condition - social imagination. We cannot know what it may or may not mean for us outside of that condition/situation - social imagination.

That is why in any society, when meaning changes, you have 'real' change. But, that does not mean such change is really real or that what has been agreed on as having 'real' meaning is 'really' good for society. Unless, of course, we first agree that the only real meaning lies is an absolute truth for a given society; an absolute truth that is over and above a given society and is accepted by all as the absolute truth in their social imagination; thus guaranteeing that no one in that social imagination can ever be deceived.

 That absolute truth is the Creator - Jesus Christ! He is outside of our perception, our fleshly senses and that means He cannot be corrupted or lead us into a false sense of reality.


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