What is real these days? Almost nothing. Even food are genetically modified. God knows what else… Seldom a relationship or a marriage of today lasts. Friendships are based on favors, popularity, status, material things and personal gain. Even looks and body parts of attractive people are mostly store bought or medically enhanced if not totally altered. You can even have designer babies (a baby that is the result of genetic screening or genetic modification) how creepy is that? Ever heard of artificial intelligence? And love… we don’t even have to go there. It is universally understood.

We live in a society where everything is questionable. Real in every aspect is fast becoming a thing of the past. You cannot trust anyone or anything. But it seems the majority prefer it judging by/from the rise and popularity of social media where virtual reality is the reality for most people and everyone can create and project their own realities to the world that swallow it without complain and almost no resistance and often idolized for all the wrong reasons and set it as benchmarks for their own success and failures. 

The more time we spend interconnected via a myriad of devices, the less time we have left to develop true relationships in the real world. But most people nowadays don’t have time for real. Yet they have plenty to spare sitting in front of the computer investing efforts building legions of fake friends, artificial existence and virtual connection. All for the sake of synthetic applause and false recognition. Everything to make oneself big and feeling great even though it is only imitation. 

I know, I know… To each his own, whatever floats your boat and different strokes for different folks; but can’t we not have it for real? If we are willing to pour so much time, effort and hard work into a make-believe existence, we can surely do the same amount of labor in reality. No? 

It is so much more rewarding experiencing all these wonderful things in real life where everything is almost tangible. Where body language and (facial) expressions are essentials part of communication instead of symbols and emoticons. Where feelings and touches are undeniably authentic. So is the appreciations and warmth you get from real friends and loved ones. Nothing can beats a hug, a meaningful glance, a genuine smile and passionate/tender kisses. We have to preserve these (treasures) gestures in our culture. We have to try to keep things real.