The Mayans were correct. The world as we knew it officially ended sometime in 2012. The earth and its inhabitants are still here of course, there was no rapture as far as I can tell, and for the most part nothing felt different at the time. That’s how it is with most changes though. It comes in slow degrees. Like the infamous boiled frog that I hear so much about. However, now that I’m cognitively looking back, it’s clear that something about our reality is different.
Reality is subjective. And perception is reality. And having thought about it way too much, I ask the question: What if it 2012 signified the shift to everything becoming Kayfabe?
What is Kayfabe, you ask? My English teacher might cringe at me using Wikipedia as a source, but I really like their definition: “In wrestling, Kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as ‘real’ or ‘true’, specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or predetermined nature of any kind.”
And apparently, you are never, ever supposed to break Kayfabe.
I’d caught glimpses of ridiculous wrestling shows as a kid while passing a TV when my dad and brother were watching. Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock…they’re all just for entertainment. Apparently, WWE even means World Wresting Entertainment. But as a kid, I didn’t know it was fake. Granted I never really watched a full show to analyze it. I just assumed it was real but was for boys, and so it didn’t really matter to me. Turns out though, it mattered a lot to other people. Also turns out that some people don’t accept that it’s staged… or maybe they just don’t want to admit. Guess it doesn’t matter as much as the new conclusion I’m coming to… I see the possibility of Kayfabe in all facets of life... especially news media.
Alex Jones is an interesting new source. Yes, I think interesting is the best word choice. Despite mixing in a lot of conjecture, his network has produced some reliable claims over the years. However, InfoWars has also released material on ancient dragon bloodlines and shapeshifters that secretly rule government agencies and sacrifice babies to extend their lives.
When Jones’s estranged wife started a custody battle over him being an unstable father in early 2018, Alex Jones’s lawyer said that he is a “performance artist” and his on-air persona is ALL AN ACT.
Only in America, right?
Then I had a horrifying thought: Is this claim about a persona true? Alex Jones is just a TV-personality for entertainment—like wrestling. Or is Jones just claiming that as his defense, and he really does believe that the Illuminati controls the weather. Either way, I bet a staggering amount of people do take Alex Jones at his word.
Alex Jones may be an extreme example. But how many other news sources hire actors who simply read a part in a play as opposed to true reporters? Are the men and women delivering the new to us impartial journalists urging us to look at all sides of the data and allowing us to form opinions based on critical thinking? Or are they giving us the script we want to hear, the story slants we want to believe in.
This observation is not to start controversy; I feel I must express the paranoia in my head or I run the risk of exploding. I’m praying it’s a cathartic observation…
When I try to objectively look at this reality, I see a lot of people, who regardless of being right or wrong, believe in their viewpoints so strongly that they would gladly martyr themselves for their cause. And when you’re online, you can never tell at first if the person you’re interacting with is a true believer or an internet troll. Which is kinda like an online version of Kayfabe when you think about it.
That’s the true absurdity of it all. I can no longer tell who is real and who is a character. Who is genuine and who is a persona. Yet when I think deeper, aren’t we all wearing masks? To a point at least. We lie to ourselves and say this is who we are.
I am __________... Fill in the blank.
Whatever you tell yourself enough, you’ll become. We become our dominating thoughts. That’s how people are brainwashed, isn’t it? Repetition of information (false or true) by a perceived figure of authority. Under the right conditions, a person can learn to believe anything. Even the placebo effect shows that physical and positive changes can occur in the body, aiding in true healing, even when all medical science shows that a placebo should not work.
Is truth subjective? Is that the one truth in this world truth: The knowledge that everything is both true and false at the same time, depending on who’s lens of reality you peer through.
Was reality always broken or did it happen in 2012? Did CERN rip a hole in the fabric of space and time? Is the Mandela effect real? Or is everyone just trying to brainwash everyone else. Last one standing wins.
I realize I may be a slow learner, which makes me wonder: Does everyone already knows this? I have a bad feeling that I’m late to the party. Were sides were secretly chosen and everyone is just having fun except those of us who don’t know that wrestling is fake? Are all politicians and reporters and activists and authors and celebrities all just Kayfabe?
Could it be true? Or is that just crazy talk?
Doesn’t matter if you believe it or not. Only matters if I believe it. And that’s the scariest part.
So...is this a short story wip, a true blog rant, or simply Kayfabe? I may never tell…