Truthis unattainable in the environment where unreality is feted.Nafisi indicates that “what we search for in fiction is not so muchreality but the epiphany of truth.’ In the said text. She aversthat, while people are normally conscious of the fact that a certainwork is fiction, they are normally drawn to it, based on itsrepresentation of truth (Nafisi 279). As such, it beats logic as tohow people could be more interested in a mirror of truth as opposedto truth itself. The relationship between the unconscious view ofpeople and the actions that they put in place are usually evident,given that they normally do contrary to what their expectations are.Their subconscious mind normally pushes them to be defiant to whatthey ought to do in actual sense. And they will believe the formerexperienced people without any more other words. As Daniel Gilbertmentioned, “when we expose ourselves to favorable facts, notice andremember favorable facts, and hold favorable facts to a fairly lowstandard of proof, we are generally no more aware of our subterfuge”(gilbert 131). People are more flexible to adopt change.Unfortunately, for the most part, they would fail to believe in sucha fact and insist on status quo.
Nafisialso opine on the case of reality being highly elusive. Shestates that, “realityhas become so intolerable” perhapsto show the extent with which people have been drawn towards what isnot real. The quote goes ahead to show how people have becomestrangers to themselves through putting more focus on things that arein their subconscious mind rather than those that are real andhappening (Nafisi 282). In such a case, it points towards the elementof the reality being the new virtual and the other way around, wherepeople wish for something that after unattainable and, thereafter, goon to live as if such things have. actually materialized and they areliving the said moment that they have wished for. Peoplerely fictitious stories to help them escape reality. They prefer tolive in a world that “belongs to themselves”, a place that whatthey want. For instance, somethings seem easily attainable whenimagined. In actual sense, they could require immense resources toaccomplish.
Gilbertstates that, “people regret not having done things much more thanthey regret things they did” (Gilbert 132).” Such a case showsthat people will always have the unconscious zeal to carry out agiven activity but it is the conscious action or rather, inaction inthem that will push them into portraying a behavior contrary to whatthey would normally wish for. Such people will, for the most time,engage in such behaviors to make up for their psychologicallimitations.
Inlight with the behavior shown by others, Gilbert provides anexplanation for the same by stating that,“the psychological immune system is a defensive system” (Gilbert136). The cases allude that the emotional make-up of a givenindividual will, for the most part, determine the way such anindividual will react to a certain situation. Some people will,therefore, behave in a way that is purely dictated by theirsubconscious mind, without even making a personal decision to do it. Nafisi indicate that, “with fear, comes lies and justification.”The case points out to the element that the circumstance that one inhas the chance to shape the kind of behavior that such a person willshowcase and as a result, will have an impact on making the person astranger to himself (Nafisi 284). The fact is given by the indicationbrought about by Nafisi who goes on to indicate that no matter howmuch convincing such a lie is it is bound to generally reduce theself-esteem of the given individual involved in it. Someincidents have an influence on the esteem of people. Gilbert statesthat“when experiences make us feel sufficiently unhappy, thepsychological immune system cook facts and shifts blame in order tooffer us a more positive view” (Gilbert 136). Forinstance,in the situation where people feel that they need a way out of agiven situation, they will not shy away from committing things thatthey are sure are vices. Their sub-conscious mind most often takesover and governs over their ability to remain rational. For instance,it could cook up facts, to make them commensurate with the givensituation that a person may be in.