Thursday, May 31, 2012


For the past 2 years I've been watching the growth of fantasy's popularity in the US. While I don't have anything personal against vampires or werewolves, I do feel their rise is a sign of a public's desire to escape the difficulties of everyday life, even if just for a few hours a day. Of course, the issue is when those hours are the one thing you look forward to the most. The funny thing is, these vehicles of escape resemble the sources of conflict leading someone to want to run away. The biggest difference is fantasy provides you the false sense of mastery and coats it's characters with a fine layer of cuteness, or exaggerated evil, complete with talking trees and Mr. Burns fingers. So, without rambling any further, here is Truism. 

In times where acknowledging the truth is difficult to practice, many seek refuge in fantasy, or what is known as Falsism; an assertion, statement, or being where the falsity is plainly apparent. Falsism is a defensive reaction to reality in which the complexities of life, consisting of the blurred lines between right and wrong, and a general inability to understand why, result in cerebral and emotional overload, causing the subject to seek solace in a place where right and wrong are clearly defined, and characters engaging in these re-enactments are simplified exaggerations of human behavior.

Truism seeks to recapture the audience from Falsism by changing the context in which its figures, objects, and ideas are presented, placing them in the framework of reality, enforcing the established laws of science, psychology, and logic that apply. Each piece of work produced under Truism must be supported by factual evidence, historical, psychological, or scientific.

The argument could be made that the concept of right and wrong are relative, and subject to change in the eyes of each individual, making it impossible to establish a solid foundation for Truism to rest upon. However, it is not the goal of Truism to illustrate a concrete argument for artist to build their lives upon, but simply t dispose of the false sense of security created by Falsism.

Truism does not aim to destroy the products of imagination, but to rebel against the limitations of escapism by making the unreal real.

There can be no Truism without the evidence to back it up.