Yesterday I was threatened by a man who claims to be communist, because I wrote in a different blog that Venezuela was undergoing a slow motion coup. This person exploded when I mentioned that the coup was led by Venezuelans with links to Cuban “president” Raúl Castro.
The son of a gun said that he had the power to censor what I had written, and that if I didn’t shut up on my own he was going to shut me up, because what I write are stories, and they are lies. This made me think about the movie “Matrix” and the nature of reality. And after thinking about this for a while I concluded that reality is a lie.
I say this because there is no way a human being can understand how things are for real. We all think we know, but what we ought to know is that we know almost nothing. I can grab a photo of a gorilla head and some wires sticking out of its mouth, and say that’s Hugo Chavez thinking about food shortages. And if I repeat it every day, in a few months many of you will start believing it.
The worst part is those who realize it’s a lie won’t say anything, because they don’t want to stand out and look like fools. They won’t say it’s just a gorilla mask because they want to look and behave like everybody else, and fear that if they tell the truth they will get in trouble.
When I write that Cubans are involved in Venezuela trying to take the country I do it in part because I've seen such things in my life, I read and hear about what is happening, and I reach the conclusion that Cubans are involved in Venezuela up to their necks. But I don’ have all the information to guarantee what I think and write is the truth. However, it’s my truth.
So, this man I mentioned in the beginning reacted violently. His beliefs are being threatened by what I write. Or maybe he has religion and believes that Chavez is going to be directing traffic in heaven.
When I write what I think I see, some like it, and others dislike it. It was very interesting to see the reaction in the US when I wrote about Chuck Hagel and the Republican opposition to his nomination to be Secretary of State. Readers in the US hated it, but the Spaniards and other Europeans loved it. Obviously the reality of people who read the blog in the United States is very different from the reality of those who read it in Europe.
Each person’s reality is different.
Sometimes I write an article about something I've seen in my life, or I see happening today, and I don’t post it because if I let you read it in the blog it won’t go down very well. I’m afraid to write about things I have seen because you may hate me.
But today I decided I was going to reveal the truth, and confess to you the Hugo Chavez I showed you before is only a guy wearing a gorilla mask.
That’s the way things are in life. All we see are masks, false realities prepared to convince us to eat this or that, to give Christmas gifts to people who really don’t need them instead of giving to the poor, to vote for this or that politician, or to support this war or the other, and to back this abuse or the other. They tell us this is good for society, or makes money, or it makes us happy. And many people choose to believe because they fear if they don’t they will be ostracized, despised, or maybe even killed.
This post is repeated from my old English blog which never got off the ground. Those of you who read it will recognize Hugo Chavez wearing his gorilla mask.