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The subject of delusion can be broken into three separate categories. One is paranoid delusion, one is fantastical, and the other regular, grand, or social delusion. Interestingly enough, paranoid delusion is treated with very little credibility. It is generally formed by a subjective interpretation of the world around an individual, although it can also be presented in the context of a philosophical, or science fiction thought experiment. As such, it is based upon a possible, yet improbable world view, which contradicts the socially accepted standard. However, the argument against the plausibility of a paranoid delusion, is most often limited to its classification as “crazy”, “ridiculous”, “preposterous”, or otherwise irrational. Although it offers a possible context of reality, existing outside the parameters of “normal” thought on the subject, the nature of paranoid delusion precludes the ability to successfully prove or disprove, however unlikely. Paranoid delusion, as an untraditional response to an event or thought, should be classified as “radical”, or “unconformist”, rather than “irrational”, although it can become so when it advances towards a phobia.So, although paranoid delusions are formed by rational reasoning, contradicting the prescribed dogma, there are far more social delusions which can more effectively be disproved. The base for such delusions, and the grounds by which they can be disproved, are their portrayal and projection of subjective values to an objective standard. Progress, logic, teleology, idealism, Manifest Destiny and other bigoted agendas, and Utopianism, are all examples of social delusions which contaminate society. The central misconception in falling victim to such delusions is the belief in consistent standards, Universal truths, and a general linear conformity to existence.The delusion of idealism can be split into three separate misconceptions. Presuming that there exists or existed a system which functioned in an ideal manner is flawed reasoning. Presuming that one’s subjective interpretation of the ideal system is a shared objective appreciation is flawed reasoning. Finally, basing preconceptions on notions of an ideal standard, is tragically flawed, as it is easy to fall into a false sense of security in such beliefs, yet they can lead to huge oversight problems.The idea of progress has a place in one’s subjective daily or lifetime aims, but when applied to a projection of objective Universal, or National progressive theory, it becomes delusional. While reasoning leaves room for open subjectivity, logic is dictated as calculated conformity to a Universal standard. Taking the consistency of solution out of the context of mathematics, logic blindly charges on a single path, not only ignorant, but in denial of other paths to an answer. Teleology, takes the faith in progress and assumes that history is the build-up to an ultimate goal, and often presumes what that goal is. Manifest Destiny, takes the notion of teleology, and places the validation of tradition, along with the taint of bigotry upon it. Tradition, of course, is the key driving force in ensuring that the lessons of history are repeated rather than learned. The expansionist theory behind Manifest Destiny, takes on the mind set that the United States is “destined” to play a central role in establishing the teleological outcome of history’s defining conclusion: Universal Capitalist Democracy. Utopianism, is cut along the same cloth as Manifest Destiny, without the standard of an American role behind the perfect social order. These objective truths cannot exist, built as they are on the foundations of differing subjective beliefs. These delusions are generally grounded in the need for a reality dictated by the rule of purpose, but fail to grasp that while change exists it is directionless, not progressive. As one can see, these social delusions often run parallel to one another, and poison the minds of those who labour under their influence.Finally, there is the area of fantastical delusion, which is somewhat a mixture between the paranoid and the regular. Fantastical delusion, defines that which does carry a widespread belief, but yet cannot be proven, nor disproved effectively, and thus endures the barrage of skepticism. It is thus like paranoid delusion as it goes against a standard presented by the context of natural reality, yet exists on the plane of mass social belief. The existence of the paranormal, the extraterrestrial, mythical, cryptozoological, and the divine must all be considered in this category. While these beliefs generally take on an objective premise, the ethereal qualities of their evident existence, is only ever a subjective affirmation of seeing what one wants to see. This is why religion can be greeted with such controversy. Especially as, aside from presenting itself as possibly a fantastical delusion, it can also exact the detriments of inspiring and even inciting social delusions. Simply because something could exist, neither illustrates that it does, nor does not. It follows naturally, that certain subjects in this category are bound to be figments of delusion, whilst others simply evasive. Yet without the production of reliable physical evidence, it is impossible to outrightly separate the two. A common example of the impact of this form of delusion, is the belief by young children in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy. Once such fantasies are shattered and disillusionment sets in, a natural response would be to start questioning the existence of other such fantastical phenomena.In conclusion, paranoid delusions are likely questioned by the author themselves, but have little recourse for dethroning from the mind. The mass hysteria of social delusions are built upon weak foundations of false reasoning, which are only allowed to persist through lack of questioning their authority. Fantastical delusions are the only ones which are truly left open to debate, teetering on the brink of paranoid and false social delusional elements. The best cure to prescribe for delusion is that of disillusionment. So wake up, and be as the gad-fly stinging at the horse.Written by Andrew
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