Excerpt from THE OZ FACTORS, by Lawrence R. Spencer ---
"9/ DOESN’T ANYBODY BELIEVE ME?
" Doesn't anybody believe me?"--Dorothy
"Of course we believe you, Dorothy..."--Uncle Henry in 'The Wizard of Oz'
Is reality really real?
As Dorothy discovered when she returned back to Kansas, her friends and family did not agree that the Land of Oz was "reality".
Conversely, gaining agreement from one's friends does not guarantee that the information agreed upon is true or workable or survival. Agreement is not necessarily reality. Although Man seems to crave agreement with his fellows, the fact that "everyone agrees that the world is flat" or that "the sun revolves around the Earth", does not make it a reality.
History has shown that agreements among people have very frequently proven to be disastrous.
Example: Adolph Hitler gained the complete, unabated agreement of the majority of the German population before he led them into total self-destruction.
Lots of people agree when fast food franchise advertisements tell them that cheeseburgers, fries and milk shakes are good for them. We were, and still are, told, based on "medical research" that these foods contain nutrients from all the "four basic food groups". This doesn't change the fact that you get fat, develop hardened arteries and die an early death from heart disease or cancer if you keep eating cheeseburgers, fries and shakes.
The unprecedented multi-billion dollar profit margins earned by the beef and dairy industry and sugar growers in cooperation with the fast food restaurant cartels have a heavy influence on "truth in advertising". In addition, the quality of information we receive, as consumers, from the American Medical Association regarding "the science of nutrition" is directly influenced by fast food commercial interests.
Only one generation ago the Japanese people were nearly free of heart disease and cancer. In just 20 short years, since they have openly adopted the Standard American Diet (SAD)--cheeseburgers/French fries/milk shakes and liquid caffeine-filled sugar water called cola--the incidence of heart disease and cancer among the Japanese people has skyrocketed. The Japanese agreement with Western lifestyles is killing them.
Reality is often heavily influenced by the Oz Factor of agreement. Agreements influence our perception of reality. A child's perception of his environment, his religious and political ideas and viewpoints about people are often heavily influenced by agreement with his mother and father.
Be cautious with whom you agree. Carefully examine ideas and information before you agree. Just because the preacher says, "sex is evil" or the President says, "I'm not a crook", does not make it reality.
Be careful about agreeing with Wicked Witches and Wizards who promote unworkable solutions. By your own observation decide what is real in the Physical Universe and in Your Own Universe.
Your reality is based on your agreements."
Here are a few of the thousands of 'Wizards', 'Magical Beings', Renegade Spirits, Mad Scientists that appear in modern science fiction stories, films and TV. There are many, many more powerful, mysterious and mystical than those listed in this article from 'i09', but it's a start: Ten Wizards Who Found Themselves In Science Fiction Stories.
A few other more powerful examples can be found in my book PAN-GOD OF THE WOODS ( http://lawrencerspencer.com/pan-god-of-the-woods/ )