A New Perspective: Is Our Reality What We Think It Is?

A New Perspective: Is Our Reality What We Think It Is?

A theory called the Mandela Effect brings a new perspective to the way we humans perceive our current reality.
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Have you ever experienced a situation where the memories that you’ve “always had” turned out to be inaccurate according to everyone else around you? Would you spell “Berenstain Bears” or “Berenstein Bears”? These questions come to us through a phenomenon that is called confabulation – also known as the Mandela Effect. Confabulation is said to be a “memory disturbance” that happens through the misinterpretation of one’s memories. Now, I know what you might be thinking; “How can I misinterpret my own memories?” Interestingly enough, the Mandela Effect is more prominent in our everyday lives than meets the eye.

Many of us spent our childhood reading the “Berenstain Bears.” But, as we look back on it now, there seems to be a disconnect between reality and what people actually remember. Everyone seems to remember their name spelled as “Berenstein Bears” with “-ein” instead of “-ain.” I never thought much about this, personally, since I had always thought that the name ended in “-ein” but it turns out that it was never spelled that way. I am not the only person to think that, either. In fact, there is a lot of buzz on the internet about this because lots of people seem to remember it the same way.

Coincidentally, the “Berenstain Bears” is not the only major confabulated memory that is widely questioned. Nelson Mandela, whom this theory is coined after, is also one. Nelson Mandela is a former President of South Africa, and he passed away in December of 2013. However, there is much controversy over people recounting that they remember him dying in the 1980s in prison. How could such an iconic member of society be misinterpreted to have died 30 years before he actually did? Now, it is possible that people are just ignorant and did not pay much attention, but this is a large sum of people who are saying the same thing – is it coincidence, or is there something more? That’s for you to decide.

There are two prevailing “theories” that try to explain the Mandela Effect. First, there is the theory that humans are “sliding” between different parallel universes. Each universe we slide between is only slightly different, and situations like Mandela or the Bears are the small differentiations between each reality. If you believe in the multiverse theory then this might be incredibly believable for you. The multiverse theory says that there are an infinite amount of possible universes and they make up every single possibility of space, matter, energy, and time. Within the multiverse theory, each universe for every different possibility is called a parallel universe, which is why the Mandela Effect and the Multiverse Theory might be connected.

The second theory behind the Mandela Effect is that humans are in a holodeck that is experiencing “glitches.” Holodecks are from the “Star Trek” universe, and they are virtual reality facilities that can put the user into any place or situation that are familiar to them. This theory is a bit more far-fetched than the “sliding” theory, but it is still a common way that people explain the Mandela Effect. This theory has two parts to it as well, saying that we have either been to different holodecks and are remembering the differences from those realities, or we are currently in one right now and it has some glitches that we are finding out. These concepts are some of the most popular thoughts on the Mandela Effect, but there are countless ideologies on how it can be explained.

The leading psychological thought on the Mandela Effect is that memories are not always pure, and sometimes your brain would rather build things out of nothing than recreate what exactly happened. Your memories are created and affected by your biases, creativity, environment, etc. There are too many factors that could distort how your brain is interpreting these things, and it’s highly unlikely that there will ever be a concrete explanation for this. However, I think it is fun to consider that reality might have another aspect that is more than meets the eye. Are there more dimensions? Are we in a holodeck? Think about this and consider situations in your own life where this might have taken place. Maybe you’ll notice that you, too, have experience the Mandela Effect – or you’ll come to your own conclusion and decide that you don’t believe these things are true.

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3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

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8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

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12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

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22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

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25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

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Personally, if I didn't go to summer camp, my life and perspectives would be completely different. I can gladly thank camp for boosting my confidence, getting me to try new things, learning how to make friends and balance a schedule, and eventually turning me into the young adult I am today.

Camp has given me everything. There is so much more to a childhood than being in school for nine months, then sitting around for three months of summer. Doesn't life begin at the end of your comfort zone?

Camp really pushed me to my limits and exposed me to so many ideas. I had no idea I had even the slightest interest in musical theatre until summer camp. Heck, I barely knew what it was.

I was totally aquaphobic until camp. I wouldn't DARE go near a lake or pool. Now? You can't get me out of the water.

I gained the confidence to be my nerdy self from camp. It impacted me so much that I became a counselor so that I could give these experiences to other kids.

You can't expect a kid to grow and explore new things about the world and themselves in an extremely controlled environment with little exposure to the outdoors, different kids of different backgrounds and abilities, different ideas, and a variety of social situations.

Did you know that you can find all of these things in one spot? Yes! It's called summer camp!

Also, did you know that most summer camps, generally set outdoors, are fighting disease? Yeah, it's called Nature Deficit Disorder. No, I'm not making it up. Find out more about it, here.

Due to the way kids are growing up now with their eyes practically glued to a screen, they aren't as exposed to nature as previous generations were. This is linked to trouble paying attention and an increase in physical illnesses, emotional illnesses, and obesity.

Want to find out how to make sure your kids don't suffer? Send them to summer camp.

It seems like a very easy solution. In fact, why don't all parents send their child to summer camp? Nowadays, lack of financial support tends to get in the way of a bigger financial commitment such as camp.

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