I've been reading snippets of Simulacra and Simulation again. It's a book I was introduced to in college. If you want to take a real head trip, check it out, because it can make you rethink all sorts of things.
This isn't the first time I've thought about this, but the book makes me wonder if the reason why so many of us seem to be blind to different strange events is because we are living in a simulation of reality. Not that we're in The Matrix, but rather that we have constructed a psychological simulation that insulates us from some disturbing thoughts. We know that people who have been through horrendous ordeals do this.
When we are children and swear there is something scary in our room, we are told by adults we trust that it's nothing but our imagination. Is that where it begins? Does it start with our learning from science text books that there is no such thing as a ghost, UFO, or Bigfoot? Is that when the scales are placed over our eyes?
I've read accounts from highly educated people who swear they have experienced inexplicable phenomena. I've interviewed people who seem genuinely traumatized by things they've witnessed. I've seen things that I cannot explain. Yet, there is no shortage of people who vigorously want to debunk all of these claims.
I can feel that this is growing into something, a book most likely. I've touched on it somewhat in things I've written throughout the years, but to go into a deep-dive exploration could yield some interesting results.