Identification Desire and Its Cinematic Arena
23 Faking Reality
Reality, it is easy to claim, is what is seen as reality. The fact that there seems to be broad agreement about it can equally easily be explained by people’s training, mainly at school and in their wider (socio-cultural) determinants and narrower (extended family) milieu. It is a matter of teaching: to drum conformity into the heads of all: an observance that leads to (admittedly indispensable) uniform understanding. Primary socialization, comprehended as something very much like domestication, means breaking in the “newly enrolled.” They are taught how to behave, what to see and in which way to see, how to evaluate, incorporate and classify all kinds of apperception. In that sense (and in that sense only) there is no individual perception but just binding social vision.
Attention though. It cannot be deduced from that that there is no reality. It may be difficult (it indeed is) to ascertain it in an indubitable, objective way, but it’s there, it doesn’t make sense to withhold assent, or only insofar as the “agreements in principle” are exactly a result of the overall consent. But it does make sense to question its alleged universal binding power: the persuasion of these “agreements” is manifestly less commanding than many assume. It suffices in this context to point at the wildly discordant Weltbilder, mostly but not exclusively in terms of religion. We would live much more pleasant lives if the impressions individuals and entire cultures have wouldn’t diverge so much. But again: reality...