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Allusions and illusions #ramble #life

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Allusions and illusions. Yesterday, it was that royal wedding. That was an illusion of grandeur but there were complex allusions in play too.

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Allusion: an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

Even my picture alludes to something. What does it call to mind? Maybe the Screwfix sign caught your eye? Hypnosis uses the power of suggestion but allusions call things to mind in an almost unnoticeable way and can be quite subliminal.


Illusion: an instance of a wrong or misinterpreted perception of a sensory experience.

We live in a world of allusions and illusions. Can we really trust what we see and here. A style of dress can allude to a higher rank in this hierarchical society. Hence the designer clothes for yesterday’s royal wedding but is that just another of many illusions to keep the peasants amused and to keep them in their place. Were we supposed to fly the flag, watch the splendour on television, tug our forelock and perpetuate the illusion? The hierarchy is an illusion, after all. Take away the fine clothes, the diamonds and the pearls and they would be embarrassed by their nakedness just the same as us peasants.

I do love allusions though, they are subtle suggestions. We can suggest things without saying a word by choosing the right clothes, wearing the right shoes and even the design of our wrist watch can allude to wealth if it’s a Cartier. Subtle allusions hint at intelligence or skill. These days, we can create online illusions using social media to make us look professional on our profile with symbolism that alludes to professionalism. The power of social media to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly is being used by experts to influence us every day. They now have the technical expertise to analyse our personality and target these allusions on us as individuals. Is that scary? Is this a form of online hypnosis? Are we being brainwashed by our mobile phones?

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