The beautiful side of deception.
Deception is when the mind is guided towards an alternate destination, far from the logical and expected outcome.
Webster defines it as: the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
While some perceives this word with a negative connotation, lets take a deeper look into another perspective; one that is beautiful and is occurring pleasantly all the time. Some can define it as illusion, art, film, story and magic. Anything that elicits emotions from a material and fundamental non human source. (Of course there are many perspectives on this statement, but in its very atomic form, the components that create these forms of deceptions are non living.)
Frames on the film, we perceive as a view into another world, even thought it's just either projection of physical film reel, or the progressive pulses of digitized media. Our brains deceive us in a mechanical level. In a personal level, acting, editing, and music deceive us to feel a certain way. Somehow we accept these, because we don't question movies and things on the screen anymore. We don't see images flickering anymore, we are deceived to see a story unfold. We are deceived by actors playing roles that are not them, deceived with the sense of time, deceived with emotion through music, and deceive to have learned something valuable or feel something powerful. We start to believe in worlds almost instantly, such as the War of the World radio broadcast, and the universe of James Cameron's Avatar. It even happens during Lars Von Trier's Dogville, where we just accept the world with no walls or that it is set on a theater stage. It happens similarly with books and told story. We sit to read while our minds travels into the world of the book.
Forms of art that does not include people in it, can still create as strong of an emotion as those art that do include people. Certain colors, lines, shapes, size, and viewing environments give us an emotion - it can be different for every person - but it elicits something that isn't suppose to. We are deceived yet again, but in a pleasant way.
Of course, as a human audience, we help this deception further by associating everything to be human, whether we like it or not. Random shapes are associated with the human form most times due to evolutionary reasons. In a way, we deceive ourselves mostly. It is a common mandala. How Carl Gustav Jung would describe it as the universality of the human mind.
Magic's main goal is deception that entertains. There is a set expectation for the audience. It uses logic to set that expectation, then magic is used to break the logic which translates to awe, laughter, or confusion. It is a beautiful deception.
What personifies these forms of materialism is the addition of the human experience, quality, and intervention.
We accept the deception as we suspend our disbelief.
When we look at any forms of art, it's as though a world we have not experienced, or only partially experienced is handed to us. The intensity, volume, depth, and resonance linger out of the art as our perception of the art deceives our emotions. We feel as though it made physical contact in our lives, shifting it slightly, enough to be noticed by yourself, or even more, by people around you. In art we are deceive to experience a fulfilled life, or a full experience of something. We can be overwhelmed, completed, or left hopeless. A deception that if taken wrong and constant can be devastating, a permanent scar.
In art we also are deceived to see ourselves within it. A mirror in which certain aspects of ourselves is observed and personified onto a physical form. The human mind again deceive us, that something we see as a mere material can be translated into a reflection. In the opposite effect, there is a chance that we experience a detachment of the true self. And for a moment, you are not yourself. It can be scary, inviting, or fugue inducing. The deception is so strong, we forget we are deceived. We create names for the many deception, not because we can't admit the fact that we are deceived, but because we have unknowing already accepted it. In its very basic form these are all deceptions, very beautiful ones.
As Samuel Taylor Coleridge beautifully said:
"In this idea originated the plan of the 'Lyrical Ballads'; in which it was agreed, that my endeavors should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic, yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith."
In a way, the poetry is rooted from a beautiful willingness to be deceived. We as humans get past the material plane, and look deeper into the symbolic meaning that an art form presents. The conception of poetic faith within ourselves is what drives us to live, as it becomes beautiful when we find meaning through art. We romanticize all art forms to illustrate the beauty of life and to be deceived into escaping into another world even for a few minutes. We are reminded of the human drive for love, prosperity, and success through these art forms, a beautiful and hopeful deception that is necessary for the human experience.
We are motivated through these deception because it is a taste of the future, a sense (regardless its truth) of clarity, even for a moment. It removes the distractions from your main goal, it kicks you out of a routine in which people grow. It helps us understand the world (perceive to), understand many worlds. It simulates human experiences, even those not dealt with yet (thoughts, hard choices, biases). Some could say it is like a mind altering experience, a simulation, a type of transcendence, which are all necessary human experiences. All of these without the intervention of real world events. So continue to be deceived and accept its beautiful side because without it, living would be meaningless.