Truth, Is Stranger Than Fiction…
Paris is home to an array of appealing assets including Art Nouveau, coffee houses, an idyllic society that welcomes tourism and cling onto ideals romantic notions as a means of expression and escapism to name a few. But dare I say all clouds bring not rain.
You see, apart from nudism and a romantic culture which shocks some and awes most, Parisian culture has influenced hundreds of artists and visionaries and really isn’t as bad as it seems. Not all French men are like the Hunchback Of Notre Dame, forbye not all Parisian women are like Amelie.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. OR… does this allude to another ideal?
There is a massive demographic crisis in Paris right now and a growing problem. When I say demographic crisis I’m not referring to migrant workers or immigrants. On the contrary, I’m referring to the major class division between the rich and the poor. The rich “minority” live in their 10,000 to 20,000 euro a night hotels with their extravagant cars brandishing their loaves of French sticks as they walk down the romantic streets of Paris while the majority demographic of Paris is tantamount to the poverty stricken German city Dortmund. In a city where only 86% of the massive population of 2.2million say that there is a poverty problem in Paris, only 4% differ (Business insider/Eurostat). But strangely my intention is not to penalise the rich folk of Paris, or to wash away the idyllic image of Parisians but to draw attention to its paradoxical idealistic appeal.
What is an ideology?
By definition Idealism is a philosophical notion concluding that reality as we know it is immaterial and mental. The science of ideas and visionary speculation. Most idealists conform to this in their entirety!
Living the dream!
“It is a warm summer’s day and you feel like going out. First thing that comes to mind, something idealistic! We are all guilty of it in some shape or form but are we willing to admit it? So you hit the high street and head to your ideal spot to spend your next couple of hours. First stop, Costa. Whilst ordering your Mochtail or your Black Forest hot chocolate with your Jane Austen novel in your hand you eye up your perfect seating place with comfy cushions and in clear view of passersby. Wearing your pseudo intellectual glasses and having absolutely no intention of reading your book, you take a covert glance over your book to see if you have been noticed. Your self esteem instantly soars when you are spotted by someone. Your residual self image, almost perfect!” – But to what avail…?
- Why do we have this affinity towards escapism from the mundane?
- Is it the defeatist regime which encompasses our very existence, that we are subconsciously embracing which causes us to allude to a specific ideology?
- Isn’t it better to do something realistic, for its more physical benefit like going to a coffee shop to actually enjoy a book and some coffee… or is Realism just another idealistic notion.
- Where do our imaginations stop, and is idealism a by-product of positivity or is positivity a by-product of idealism?
Although these questions may seem a little pragmatic or even pessimistic, they do serve a purpose.
There are ways of spotting a delusional idealist. Well, with a little help of my local coffee shop I’m sure we can defragment contributing factors to this mindset. One thing is for certain, that most idealists have an amazing imagination and can romanticize about almost anything which isn’t entirely a bad thing. But when it becomes the norm and the idealism goggles are embedded into our skulls can it be a health hazard! A prime example is what happened to the Americans when they watched Avatar by James Cameron and became so engrossed into the movie that reality itself became bleak and their lives incomparable to the unparalleled land of the nab’i people. But to completely rule out idealism could mean for some that mundane downers and depressing habitual practices could become the norm and take the much needed spice out of our lives. Which would mean idealism is merely just a coping mechanism that people have adopted rather than the principles of the philosophy itself. But what would be the purpose of this coping mechanism? Perhaps our boring 9 to 5’s or even our uninspired being.
As you may have gathered, this article is as much to do with Paris as Sir Alex Ferguson has to do with Golf. However, as far as delusions and reality go, Paris for most encompasses both!
After doing a little research for this post I realised that perhaps I was slightly misjudging people and over-zealously labeling them idealists. Although, I still stand by what I say, that idealism is in fact a delusion and immaterial notion. But who says all delusions are bad?
The reality is that ideals and dogmas are mostly coping mechanisms and simply past times for others. Who am I to judge…