Friday, 2 March 2018

Fake Friends, Fake Crowds and Truly Enlightened Beings

Image and reality are often blurred in the 21st century.  Establishing an image always involves the creation of fiction.

My name is Faye Queneuse.  I am a freelance investigative journalist.

If you attempt to look me up, please note that I do not have a presence on social media, at least not under my real name.  Most of the time I am working undercover in various capacities.

Many of the people I have met, both off line and online, are not as genuine as real friends.  I know the difference and I know how to spot all sorts of fakes.

I do not have many friends but at least I know all my friends are genuinely good people.

I also know I am a genuine person.  I speak my mind.  I speak truth to power.  I have no interest in impressing anyone unnecessarily.  I do not need to brag or have a silly, fashionable hairstyle.  I wear sensible, good quality shoes and well-made, quality business clothing.

I use very little make-up, except when pretending to be someone else.  In such situations, I am likely to be wearing a wig, high heeled shoes, revealing clothing and quite a lot of fake but deceptively real looking jewels.

A fake friend, a fake family member or a fake colleague may be hired to play a part for you.  Even freelance journalists can even be hired, much like a lawyer or a hairdresser.

Businesses and political parties often rent fake crowds online and off line to swell positive public perceptions.

Fake popularity is itself big business.

Wealthy persons and powerful governments with agendas to pursue set up fake organisation.

People buy followers on social media.

People buy into fake news.

It is all fake, just as Mary Sue is fake.

Fake people are characters.

Most marketing contains fake imagery.

People with mental illnesses may not be able to tell the difference between reality and fakes.  They may seek self-transcendence, thereby becoming fake themselves.

Losing touch with reality is never a good idea.

If you are not quite sure of the ways in which the real and the fake are distinguished from one another, how have you missed out, for so long, on being sufficiently enlightened?

Who is an enlightened being and who is fake?

Are you a genuine person or a charlatan or a decoy, a stooge, an impostor or a sockpuppet?

Have you ever been part of a cover-up or a hoax?

How many politicians do not pursue false and misleading claims when seeking to be elected?

What do you do when you come across false advertising?

Are you familiar with internet manipulation?

Are you familiar with crowd manipulation?

When is publicity mainly about making money rather than making a better society?

When does a misleading presidency become little more than a dangerous publicity stunt.

Are most elections little different from confidence tricks?

One thing more genuine than most aspects of experience is the genius of Mozart.

The Mozarty Party Climatologically Cool 100 countdown is continuing in Nannerl's Suite.

News has reached me that at number 16 is the Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, K 280 / 189e.  It was composed in 1774 when Mozart was 18 years old and working in Munich.

Enlightened leadership has been the main theme of the Mozarty Party World Peace and Global Prosperity tour.  I have been covering the tour as a journalist, though most people cannot afford the subscription for that journal.  It is not published online.

In any case, I never had a byline.   I insist on being unnamed.  Responsibility for the publication of my work always resides with the editors and publishers.  I expect them to check the facts.  My job is merely to record my perceptions, and my analysis of my perceptions.

When I interview people for my investigative work, I always assume that they wish to stay anonymous.  If they do not want to stay anonymous, they are unlikely to be suitable sources for my investigative purposes.

Similarly, I select friends with qualities of reasonableness, discretion, integrity of character and moderation.  As an investigator and as a prospective friend, I have a few tricks I use to catch people out.  I use those tricks with care and subtleness, but never with dishonesty.

During my investigations, which have often included observations of auditions as well as the conduct of interviews, I have been interested in the way people respond to the demands of commissioned work.  I, of course, am usually commissioned by publications to undertake investigations on behalf of the publishers.

Mozart usually worked on the basis of commissions, even when helping out friends.  He quite often dedicated works to past, present or prospective future commissioners of his compositional activities.

In history, many of the most renowned artists worked on the basis of commissions.  Yet there are also many highly talented persons who find the creative spark does not light in their imaginations through the pressures of the commissioning process.  They prefer to, or indeed can only, work on spec.

Have you ever commissioned someone to create something for you or an organisation?

Have you ever been commissioned to create something?

Commissions often require the use of considerable, practical reasoning.  They involve the implementation of much knowledge and many skills already acquired, but in new ways, and possibly for a new purpose.

A commission, in the 21st century, tends to involve interactions between an individual or group  and a wealthier, more powerful commissioner of the work, whether that commissioner is a person or an organisation. 

A commissioning process is something through which everyone involved continues to learn.

One of the most significant differences between an enlightened leader and an unenlightened one is that enlightened leaders are always seeking to learn more, to understand better, and deepen their appreciation of natural systems and cultural achievements.

In early 2016, preparations for the Mozarty Party World Peace and Global Prosperity Tour were well underway in the digital sphere.  The tour itself began with open, global invitations for anyone, anywhere to participate in the digital interview process.  Anyone achieving success in the first series of interviews was then invited to participate in the first series of digital auditions.

Here is a sample of the initial interview questions:

1. What do you believe to be the main source of your ideas and intentions?

2. What do you believe to be the nature of the physical universe?

3. How do you compare your beliefs with those of other people, especially reasonable people?

There were very few acceptably impressive answers received to those questions.  The judges came to the conclusion that most people in the 21st century are inadequately educated in enlightened thought.

If you took part in the interviews, were you able to impress the judges?

If so, how well did you do in the auditions?

Regardless of your success or failure during interviews and auditions relating to your qualities as a leader, how would you describe your acquaintance with influence and leadership?

How do you usually reflect on matters of etiquette and morality, dear audience member?

The Mozarty Party World Peace and Global Prosperity Tour is remarkable for the diversity of its participants, and for the talents of those participants, only a few of whom have had prior training in the technical aspects of classical music performance standards.

Are you aware that the only persons able to attend the performances, whether as members of staff, volunteers or audience members, must pass both the initial interviews and the initial auditions?

Even I was expected to pass the initial interview stage. and the initial auditioning stage, though I had considerable stage fright.

Only by experiencing stage fright yourself are you likely to know how to be a suitably appreciative audience member.

How do you tell the difference between a crowd and an audience?

Whether a crowd is considered to be real or fake, the majority of participants are rarely informed well enough about the purpose of their presence there.  They may not even have much insight into their own reasons for being involved, let alone a deep understanding of the political, commercial, artistic and/or otherwise technical aspects of large gatherings.

As an investigative journalist, much of my time is spent attempting to understand situations.  Reporting on events is only a small aspect of that.  To report accurately requires a deep knowledge of what is going on.

What is evident, when I first get to know people, is how shallow the thinking of many of them appears to be.  They do not have noble spirits.  They have a superficial understanding of both the world and themselves.

There are many prejudiced people in the world.  They tend to perceive actions to be wrong, and situations wrongly, merely because those actions and situations are not in accordance with their own point of view.  They fail to understand actions and situations contextually, merely focusing on a small part of larger events.

Everyone has a history.  Every event has a cause, and possibly a range of interrelated causes.  Every event has effects.  Some events are intentionally caused and others are not.  Many intentional events have unintended consequences.  Correlations between events do not necessarily imply a particular cause.  This is simple reasoning.  Enlightened beings understand that.

As in investigator, much of my job involves the separation of images and realities.  I prefer to experience dialogues of enlightenment with my sources.

Finding ways to measure how people separate fact from fiction is always necessary when trying to reach the truth.

The ethereal is not necessarily fictional.  Indeed, its contents are often factual, particularly in terms of science and history.

If you have taken a tour, either in this theatre or in another area of the villa, did your guide have sprezzatura?

All the guides here, including all the other volunteers, staff and guest presenters, are expected to succeed during the initial interviews and initial auditions for the Mozarty Party World Peace and Global Prosperity tour.

Anyone failing the interviews, without even reaching the auditioning stage, is advised to participate in training.

How have you already trained to become an enlightened leader?

Many children are not as fortunate as Mozart in receiving the skills necessary for a worthwhile future career.  As Mozart himself was well aware, fashions change, technology changes, and outside events intrude upon the chance for success.

Enlightened patrons are persons acknowledging that their own good fortune has often been not only a matter of talent or effort but also a matter of immense luck.

Millions of people in the world work hard but achieve little advancement in their precarious predicament.  One event may destroy the accumulated security of a lifetime in a moment.  Nothing truly prepares people for the worst, unless they have already experienced the worst on at least one, prior occasions.

But everyone deserves to experience the best on a regular basis.  Enlightened beings know that the best is not an extravagance.  An extravagance is over indulgent and likely to be vulgar.

Enlightening experiences occur in the mind, not through having money but through accessibility.

Experiencing the best always involves not only the acquisition of knowledge but also the healthy humility arising from being aware of how little any of us can possibly know, even through access to the best knowledge and the best experiences.

Are you aware that every time Mozart's music is played, even on a recording, someone has attempted to recreate a significant work of art?

If you have ever tried to create, or even recreate, a significant work of art, why have you done so?

How do you celebrate the birthdays of your real friends?

How do you celebrate the birthdays of your fake friends?

How do you celebrate the birthdays of Mozart?

You may now be reading for the next work in the Mozarty Party Climatologically Cool 100 countdown.  What do you think it will be?

You will know that it is at number 17. It is, in fact, a work written when Mozart was 19 years of age, in 1775.  It is the Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major K. 211.

When people speculate on the possible worth of their own activities, they may rely mainly on luck to bring the possibility to fruition before an audience.  Interviews and auditions are meant to assess worth, much like the informed reading of manuscripts of possible future books, plays or musical compositions, draft news reports, confidential policy proposals and sketches of various plans.

Truly enlightened beings have the ability to make accurate assessments of worth.  They never rely on the opinions of fake friends and fake crowds, or otherwise ill informed ones.

Truly enlightened beings also have a healthy sense of humour.  As enlightened leaders, they want friends who bring happiness into everyone's lives, not misery.

Enlightened leaders are already well-informed about the misery in the world.  They want to show the possibilities of happy living, to everyone, regardless of how much suffering exists, and has existed in the past.

Enlightened leaders are never responsible for the suffering in the world.  They are the people preventing suffering, reducing suffering and helping people to overcome suffering.

An enlightened leader will show people how to triumph over suffering in the most effective, enjoyable and responsible ways.

Do you usually prefer art to express graveness or joyousness?

Do you require art to supply you with a wide range of emotional experiences?

Do you gain insights into your own emotional life through the arts?

Do you gain insights into your own emotional life through any of the sciences?

One of the major, regularly played works on the Mozarty Party World Peace and Global Prosperity Tour is not a sonata, a concerto or an opera.  It is known as The Planet Earth Comedy Show.

When being initially interviewed for the tour, participants are selected on the basis not only of their seriousness and dedication but also their skills in the art of enlightening, universally-applicable comedy.

How well acquainted are you with sophisticated repartee, the underplaying of emotions and movements, the wisdom to be found in satire, and the fun of teaching humility without humiliation?

What do you believe to be the essential, universal features of enlightening comedy?

What do you believe to be the essential, universal purpose of enlightening comedy, apart from the expression of wisdom and humility?

In Mozart's day, true nobility was always meant to be presented seriously, in keeping with its dignity.  Yet Mozart knew that many members of the aristocracy, and impostors, had no nobility at all. 

Mozart's father, Leopold, was pushy, and therefore somewhat vulgar.  His impertinence certainly annoyed Empress Maria Theresa, particularly when young Mozart was in his early teens.

The empress herself is assisting with the management of this ethereal theatre, mainly for artistic and political reasons.

Mozart's sister is also helping with the decorum, particularly amongst the patrons.  That is why the live version of the countdown is taking place in Nannerl's Suite

How are you keeping Mozart's music alive?

As each work in the countdown begins, a digital message about it is relayed to the natural common room, where the policy implications are examined.  After the policy implications have been recorded, a digital message is relayed to the day's presenter in this auditorium, for briefing purposes.

How do you usually explain procedures to an audience?

How do you know those procedures have been accurately understood by everyone?

Do you have any questions?

Even when people have their own questions, that does not necessarily mean they have understood a process accurately.  That can only be assessed through their active participation in explaining and demonstrating processes.

How do you explain and demonstrate enlightening comedy?

You may be aware that many comedy performances have included disguises and other choices meant to confuse.  All comedy includes some sort of confusion, even when it displays the truth.

It is the same with quality journalism.  If news is straightforward, there is little interest in it.  What the public wants, and needs, is an awareness of policy confusions and likely future chaos.  That is why so many people seek forecasts and predictions of one sort or another.

Corruption prevents information about confusion from reaching the public.  A good investigator knows when something does not quite make sense.  Trying to find sense in a corrupt situation is impossible, that is why corruption must be uncovered and stopped.  It causes too much damage to minds and hopes.

Corrupt people often pretend to be friends.  They influence people unfairly and may even gain popularity by doing so.

Leopold Mozart was educated by the Jesuits.  He left his parents home against their wishes and made a living for himself elsewhere.  His mother never forgave him.  She refused even to meet her talented grandchildren or to hear them perform.  The rift was impossible to heal, even though Mozart was, in his early 20s, on friendly, playful, and possibly intimate, terms with a cousin.

Leopold's parents had hoped he would become a Catholic priest.  He was, however, unhappy with his tertiary educational experiences in Augsburg and made his way to Salzburg to attend university there.  He gained qualifications as a philosopher.  But his first love was music.

Although he did not gain renown as a composer, or as a player, or as a leader, he did gain renown as a teacher of violin technique.  Yet technique on its own is not enough for success as an enlightened leader.  Interpersonal understanding is essential, as well as the ability to encourage a warm, mutual, genuine, and well-placed affection between people.

Leopold became too obsessed with the talents of his own children, particularly his son.  He presented their talents in concert tours, in front of public audiences and for private, more aristocratic ones.

Did he fail to understand that divisions in social status prevented people in his day from becoming true friends if they came from different backgrounds?

Has anything much changed today?

True friends, as enlightened leaders, warn each other, and other people, of dangers.  They help each other out as best they can, but never in a corrupt way.

Fake friends usually seek to advantage themselves at the expense of other people.

Crowds of fake friends provide temporary encouragement towards careers, most usually through appreciating novelty and other superficially interesting experiences.

Audiences consisting of real friends provide the encouragement performers need to learn more and improve.  Those audiences appreciate nobility of spirit, a gracious attitude and the skillful display of rare insight.

Truly enlightened beings want everyone to enjoy a peaceful day, every day, but not lazy days at the expense of other people.

Fake friends take liberties.  Real friends grant freedom.

Fake crowds make a noise.  Real audiences listen appreciatively.

A peaceful day is one in which a cheerful mood is possible, with or without the assistance of comedy.

Are you ready now for the next work in the Mozarty Party Climatologically Cool 100 countdown?

At number 16 we have a work from 1776, when Mozart was 20.  If you have experienced an invocation here, or even invitation to make one yourself, you will know that the artistic director is associated with a serenade, but which one?

It is the work at number 16 in this countdown?

The serenade for orchestra in D major, K. 250 (248b), is also known as the Haffner Serenade.  It has never been known as the Twaklin Serenade.

What will you be serenading today, or tomorrow, or sometime later?

Enlightened leadership?

Enlightened democracy?

Enlightened peace?

Mozart often serenaded real friendship, and real love.

The work was commissioned by a friend, Sigmund Haffner.  It was played on the eve of the Sigmund's sister's wedding.

Can you imagine being there for the occasion?

It was 21 July 1776.

Elsewhere in the world, on 4 July, the United States Declaration of Independence had been ratified by the Continental Congress.

On 12 July, James Cook had set off from England on his final, and fatal, voyage.

And now, while the canary of democracy tweets in the background, I must prepare for my next, undercover assignment.  I will be helping the citizen-journalists of the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble with their South Australian state election coverage.  They will mainly be working undercover too.