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About the Aberrant Manifest

Aberrant (adv.): Deviating from what is normal
Manifest (n.): The part of a phenomenon that is directly observable

Sartre defines the concept of existentialist bad faith in his Being and Nothingness as the phenomenon where a human being will constrain his course of action and adopt false values due to societal pressure.  It is an aspect of self-deception, and it keeps people from acting authentically.  For Sartre, this was a great sin – in many ways, it’s similar to Kierkegaard’s definition of sin, wherein a human acts contrary to the dictates of God and the universe – as it causes people to act inauthentically.

An aberrant manifest is similar to bad faith, with the exception that the observer, and the actor, is not involved in the process of self-deception.  The actor is well aware that he is acting in a manner that differs from what his senses tell him – the actor, in this sense, creates his own reality, by merely altering the way he conceives of the information he receives.

I have defined the concept of an aberrant manifest before in this fashion: “a condition in which a person believes that something is true, despite all evidence to the contrary.”  I have clarified the definition here in order to avoid any tinge of pathology: the actor is not insane, or unaware, that the condition is occurring.  He is simply choosing a different version of reality.  Without this choice, the person is merely delusional.

In short, the Aberrant Manifest is a way of looking at the world that differs from how everyone else sees it. It is my own unique understanding of reality.