Over recent years, more so, I’ve been more careful of where I receive information. However, once in a while, I turn the channels to sources of media disinformation, most news stations, and read books by those I firmly disagree, by principles. In this way, I can understand the thinking of many others. Like college, I listened to professors I agreed and those I knew were in error. But, even in error, I learned, for if I knew the professors were spreading rhetoric and propaganda, I had to realize why, and therefore was still receiving an education. It’s this way in all aspects of life. Every day, another wave of understanding.
America used to be a far more democratic republic, a more representative democracy, a more truly constitutional nation, where people were free to discuss and debate, where the media was far more representative of the people, journalists searching for truths and real stories, and watching the news was a real education.
But also, families discussed, the children sitting nearby to listen. And in this way, current and historical events were part of growing up, but also solutions to present day difficulties. As such, people were held to a higher standard, and teachers were truly educated, understanding the principles of a democratic, representative, republic. And sometimes, the youth would discuss amongst themselves, and some would go home to talk with their parents. Grandparents were a great source of real information. Not perfect, of course, as varying opinions would be shared, but following understanding, the rabbit of reason, was much more common place.
But watching a couple of stations today, I was amazed at the level of disinformation, a show packaging information through a variety of stories and articles. I realized, if I had not received the education I worked hard for, had not done my own research, had not worked in a variety of fields, and had not observed the way people reasoned…. In other words, if I had grown up in this generation, I probably would be easier to mold, perhaps thinking in rhetoric and propaganda. And it probably would be more difficult to grow out of the matrix of ideas, taking longer to think for myself, for I would be surrounded by disinformation the likes of which I could not have imagined decades ago. Even then, there was propaganda, but having more freedoms of thought, having friends that refused to go along to get along, we faced information with self-thought and reasoning.
Here’s the thing. How can we encourage people to realize the thoughts in their head are not of their own making? How can we encourage people to separate words and propaganda from real life causes and effects? How can we encourage people to turn in the influx of information, quietly observe and listen, then take the long road of reading, research, learning of this country’s foundations? Where they start learning how to separate ideas from facts?
You see, even if the writer, speaker, or show says what I believe, I still follow the rabbit of reason. Even if someone says what I believe, I still can see if that person is using words of understanding or propaganda. For even correct thinking people might be dupes. In other words, some people are followers of good ideas, but not from doing the hard work, but out of a need to belong. And while I encourage them, for we need support for truly constitutional freedoms, I know they are still puppets of their own making. In other words, in that state of mind, they can be turned should the right forces be applied. So they still have much work ahead. So they can see the understanding which is the basis of what they believe.
Kind of like the friend that likes me, or likes another constitutional speaker, but doesn’t really see for themselves. They like the sound, but they haven’t reasoned for themselves, so they can only have the magic of understanding if they keep clinging to others who do understand. In other words, they follow “party line”, but not to any real explanations. They talk the talk, sound reasonable, but they’re still followers. To some degree that’s good, but to another, it is not good. For what I’m encouraging is people to do the hard work of not belonging, but belonging to real individuals. A group of non-belongers so to speak. For this is what caused the greatest nation to become.
As I watched one program of disinformation, I noticed how the “news” was politically slanted, that information was stated as truth without any real support, and that articles and statements were given extremely predictable. It’s like, if I watch one of these “news” stations, then turn it off for a week or a month, when I turn it back on, it’s the same, same propaganda, same political persuasion, and same stories. Like their “journalists” were vetted to all think the same, nothing that is a breath of fresh air.
But this is done, I believe, with a purpose. For by constantly reporting the same type of news, the same type of propaganda, using emotional and other techniques, over years and years of this stuff, that type of programming becomes our reality, for we know nothing different. And if the programming, shows, propaganda, advertising, and information is everywhere, we become that. Supported by others who have known nothing else.
But there’s something else. By being immersed in all of this, when we see someone who stands outside the matrix, we see an enemy or one confused and distorted. In other words, we’re becoming programmed to see self-thinkers, real people, people of understanding, as the confused, misinformed, puppets of error, and/or enemies. And that’s where we have the problems we have. All designed.
But I understand how this came to be. Like my friends and some readers, we’ve been fortunate to observe this in the university and various fields of work. The propagandists are in the institutions and many private enterprises, and through bringing in “their own” people, create regulations and ways of talking that vets who remains in the job/careers. In this way, those who do not “belong” eventually leave or are “persuaded” to leave, unless they absorb the higher entities’ talking points. And over time, more and more of “them” are in those institutions, in those companies, in those businesses, and in some situations, teaching your children. And it’s sophisticated unless people truly think for themselves, buying into nothing unless they follow the rabbit of reason. And this is done to a kind of perfection. For when the puppet master makes a move, with most of the parts vetted, then the institutions and companies/corporations follow suit. And then, people who don’t understand what is going on, having never done much thinking, real research, and in-depth discussions, are dumbfounded. Then, the very ones who created all these difficulties also provide the answers, and we vote for them. In other words, we actually vote for the ones who created the problems, thinking we’re doing the right thing, and problems increase. But the puppet masters know how to coordinate stories, how to use language, saying one thing while doing another, and they know many people will think their choosing independence and freedom, even constitutional freedoms, while actually working against their own country and constitution.
Some people will realize this, but then become despondent. Well, I say, be grateful that you’re waking up. Now, you have to begin the hard work you’ve either didn’t realize or didn’t take the time you knew you should. But be heartened. Seeing is the beginning of understanding. Now, from this day forward, you get to learn and understand more. And as you continue, you get to have discussions, research in better directions, and discover what many others have over many, many years. And your friends will change.
Let me bring up some statements most of us have heard. The science is settled. Experts say. Once you say that to me, without providing the hard work of research, I will look at you with great skepticism. Why should I take anything you say as truth? Why would you encourage me not to do my own research, think for myself, and follow the rabbit of reason? Why would you shoot barbs and darts, tarnish my good name, and use rhetoric and intellectual mumbo-jumbo if real conversation and real debates were truly sought after? As such, I will learn more about how you think, understand the tools being used to suppress real thinking, like I did in the university, and be better researched over time. For I do not see a real friend in anyone that doesn’t encourage realization. The moment you say things like you’re not on topic, that you make no sense, knowing I do make sense, I know who I’m talking to, and sometimes, will expose your real intents.
Statements such as “the science is settled,” and “experts say,” in my experience, is a tool of pressure. They are statements designed to suppress individuality and individual thinking thereby creating puppets afraid to speak up. Which explains much of the difficulties we have today. For many, many people have thoughts in their heads not of their own making. And this is the real danger. For the moment you give up your right to think for yourself, from that moment forward, all of your thoughts will be in support of that propaganda, those puppet masters, and your own head will make excuses for why you think that way. And many, because of this, will suffer inside, perhaps not realizing why they are having difficulties. It’s quite an amazing phenomena, but it explains so much.
For instance, in talking with a family member (I learned from her as she has learned from me.), she started listening to better programs and reading better books, and as a result, following the rabbit of reason, sharing “ah haaa” moments with me, educating me. But within a short time, perhaps a few months, she wanted nothing to do with those programs, those books, and our discussions, saying let’s not talk about certain topics. Well, if she didn’t want to discuss those topics, I certainly wasn’t going to press those points. To each his own.
But, I pondered. What happened? She was beginning to realize many things. What happened that caused her to feel threatened by ideas? Her family? Her friends? Her job choices? Perhaps uncomfortable in feeling on the “outside” among her peers? Perhaps, in thinking for herself, feeling strong tensions to previous beliefs? Did the rabbit of reason take her where she did not want to go? Meaning, as she started to see, did she become very uncomfortable with what she was finding? Did she find her motivations to function leaving her? For I can see, when a person starts to realize things, the motivations they had before to function may disappear. Like the NFL player who realizes money and fame are not everything, that there are more important things in life, and so are no longer motivated to be the best player, and within a couple of years, leaves. So, for some people, waking up means losing the things you thought you wanted, so you have to stop understanding.
For I know, when one starts down the trail, you will find many good things, but you’ll also discover things you might wish you never had. For understanding destroys illusion. Understanding destroys previous ideas held onto that made you feel secure. So, for some people, in following understanding, their own puppet created identities will be shown for what it is. That’s when a choice has to be made. Whether you will continue or try to bury your head back in the sand. And while an emu or ostrich with its head in the sand can no longer see the lion or tiger approaching, and therefore feel safe again, it will be eaten just the same.
In other words, when a person is living by propaganda and disinformation, they may feel safe in their self-created cocoons, speaking the talking points of their friends, family, coworkers, and others, not seeing the lions and tigers devouring them. But when they begin following the rabbit of reason, they do begin to see the lions and tigers, realizing some of those lions and tigers are in their home, among their friends, and at work, and so begin to doubt themselves, shunning all the real information and realizations. For those “friends” will start attacking them, perhaps indicating that they’ll leave them or cause them to lose their jobs, perhaps attacking sources of information, and you’ll feel the pressure to stop seeking real information and reconnect to your former beliefs. So, they “choose” to go back to sleep and thereby feel good among their purported friends and family and coworkers. I can only believe this is a big aspect of why people don’t wake up. Like in “The Matrix,” once a person is hardwired to illusions, it’s nearly impossible to wake them up, and for some, it’s a road of self-destruction.
But what choice is there? Either we live in a world of illusion, propaganda, “good feelings”, all the while being devoured by the lions and tigers, the puppet masters and their dupes, or we wake up, see the illusions for what they are, see the lions and tigers, and start to belong to the world of understanding and real solutions. What choice have we?
Many readers have heard that mental health problems are on the rise? Why is this? Could it be that many are clear thinking individuals having difficulties seeing the lions and tigers? Could it be many cannot cope with all the disinformation, propaganda, and outright lies? But whatever the reason, whether in truth or by design, this is what is reported. But here’s the thing, if you make the “choice” to see, it will be a rough ride for many, but I believe the ride will be worth the while. For then, you will be part of the solution and no longer going along to get along while the lions and tigers pull your strings. But the difficulty for some is realizing their strings are being pulled, then realizing they don’t know how to stand up to the puppet masters, that they are in fact, their masters, in control of your thoughts and emotions. For some, that will be enough, and they’ll have the motivation to keep growing. For others, prayer. And in prayer, I believe, we have the hope of continuing forward. Then, being good examples to others, even helping others going through the same difficulties we endure.
Life is a choice. And sometimes, we aren’t aware of the choice until much older. I suppose the older we are, the more difficult it is to choose better, for then our entire framework, if we’ve lived a life of propaganda and rhetoric comes falling like a house of cards. Which is also why I’ve always encouraged young people to think for themselves. Respectfully, of course. For if they begin life thinking for themselves, it won’t be so hard as they grow older. Oh, they’ll still have problems in a world of disinformation, but they’ll see and won’t go back to sleep. They’ll be the solutions of the future.
I have been encouraged by seeing, at times, more so these days, of better articles. Seeing more and more people who truly think for themselves, truly understanding, writing blogs, tells that many people are the hope of tomorrow.