World

Turn Fear Around and Use it Like a Wicked Slider

What do you fear? Is it terrorism, nuclear war, disease, poverty, job loss, crime, the police, privacy loss, or climate change? Or perhaps it’s losing your social status, youthful appearance, or not keeping up with the Joneses? Maybe you don’t consider any of these fears, just worries or concerns. It doesn’t really matter. The political and corporate elite don’t hesitate to turn anything they can into fear and prey on it.

Fear is an effective tool of manipulation and control. In these chaotic and perilous times everything is being taken to a whole new level and fears of all kinds are flourishing. The list of fears is as long as it is varied, and they’re coming in at us hard and fast like wicked sliders in baseball.

They need us fearful and confused. It keeps us in line and them in control. Is there going to be a major war, or not? Will there be another economic collapse soon, or not? Is this certain food or activity healthy, or not? Just a few months ago we heard it is; now we’re hearing it’s not. Will you still have a job six months from now, or not? Will you lose your health insurance, or not? And on and on the list goes. Can you see the slippery slope? Fear leaves us confused, distracted, and at odds with each other. It’s an effective sleight of hand trick employed on a global scale.

But finally we are seeing it turning around and fear is now alive and well on the other side of the socioeconomic divide. They cannot always control the narrative or results in real time as they once did. They’re trying hard, but they’re failings are piling up. The quick flow, access, and sharing of information have proven to be a real thorn in their side, and they absolutely fear and hate it.

Cracks in the foundation are multiplying due to their massive, widespread corruption and criminal activity. People are doing some serious digging and questioning. This is causing them major problems, leaving them hopping from situation to situation as they attempt damage control. They’re increasingly flustered and off their previously well-oiled game. It’s rather enjoyable to watch.

Exposure must be their biggest fear. They have money, power, influence, safety and security, yet they have farther to fall then we do. The increasing threats of exposure from multiple directions can magnify their fears and ultimately bring them down. Not all at once, but this weakens them over time.

The potential loss of the money, power, and control they have accumulated must be nightmarish to them. They should be worried because they are, slowly but surely, being exposed for the frauds and criminals many of them are. Most of what they have has been taken from us through deception or by force, or we have blindly and stupidly given it away to them. It will take more of the same, and then some, for them to keep it.

It seems as though time is running short. The more they are exposed, the harder and dirtier they fight, and the more impatient they are to push through their agendas. What does this mean for us? It means further loss of our already eroded privacy and freedoms, more war, and a continuing decline of national, individual, and environmental resources. None of this is anything to look forward to. Expect a very hard struggle.

We must find ways of using their fears against them to weaken them further. It’s time to stop listening, believing, and giving chances. Nothing will improve unless, and until, the people take action. Turn the fear around and start throwing some wicked sliders of our own. Every little bit counts. Many of us together can have an impact.

For example, imposing sanctions is a tactic they favor. This would be a good place to start. We can impose our own brand of sanctions without ever leaving the house. Let’s start speaking their language and hit them with things they’ll understand.

Get away from relying on the mainstream media as a primary news source. This is essential. Check the headlines if you must, but they’re so shallow and biased that it’s unnecessary to read further. Their main concern is ratings and spewing out the approved narrative. Why reward them for that?  Their credibility is dwindling fast as they continually prove untrustworthy. Let’s capitalize on this, turn their fear into a reality, and render the mainstream news obsolete. Consider ditching mainstream television as well; it’s just mind numbing nonsense that you’re paying for.

Most people use Facebook, Twitter, and Google – one if not all three. There are major privacy and censorship concerns with all these. If you use all three, or even two, get rid of at least one. There are other options out there. If you want to protect your privacy as much as possible, and don’t want any outside party controlling what you see, then you should seriously consider not using these big companies. There are also concerns that Amazon is getting way too big. Consider using their services sparingly, if at all. Buy local when you can, or order direct from companies.

Find an independent investigative news organization, journalist, or organization focusing on constitutional or civil liberties to donate to who are working on our behalf. They have small budgets and could use the help. We should support those who are on our side instead of those who just want to control our money and our lives. Just do thorough research first to make sure you know to whom, and for what, your money is going.

These are just a few suggestions, but there are many, many more. These may not seem like much, and if only a few participate then they aren’t. But if many of us do something then we can be more effective at preying on their fears. Take a look at what you use in your life and what changes can be made. Use your imagination. There are ways to resist without joining protests or signing petitions. Passive resistance can be very effective. We should take control where we can, even in small ways.

Most people are aware, at least on some level, that things aren’t right with the world. Perhaps the biggest thing we can do right now is to communicate with each other. Talk to people and share information and ideas. Pay close attention to policies and policymakers, and ask questions. The powers that be fear this too. We’ve been kept in intellectual ignorance and submission for many years. We need to reverse that trend.

It’s our own governments, financial institutions, and the big multi-national corporations whose very greed and self-centered focus has brought such chaos, destruction, and decline into societies the world over. Contrary to all the endless promises and cleverly crafted language from politicians, people see that their lives are getting worse, not better.

It’s a pretty sure bet that when they say one thing, the truth is actually the opposite. Austerity is for us, not them. Obeying laws is for us, not them. Having insufficient or no healthcare is for us, not them. No expectation of privacy is for us, not them. Loss of rights is for us, not them. And again, the list goes on and on. We are truly in a fight for survival now.

Make no mistake about it; fear does exist on both sides of the socioeconomic divide. Let’s turn it to our advantage. This may not be a war we can win, but we shouldn’t even consider surrendering without a fight. It isn’t quite “game over” yet.

 

RESOURCES AND FURTHER READING:

http://www.realitymaps.com/2003/09-manipulation.html  

https://www.axios.com/the-growing-antitrust-concerns-about-u-s-tech-giants

https://harvardlawreview.org/2014/06/the-brave-new-world-of-social-media-censorship/ 

https://healthimpactnews.com/2016/mainstream-news-media-freedom-of-the-press-or-controlled-propaganda/  

https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cs-true-cost-austerity-inequality-uk-120913-en.pdf 

 

 

 

Society

Death of a Politically Correct Society

Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there was a society of people who were considered to be strong and prosperous, not only among themselves but by other societies as well. They had their problems and faults just as others did, but they were a spirited, independent society and set a standard that was widely respected and admired. Initially, they shunned away from taking a leading role in world affairs, but time and circumstance found them in position as world leaders. They embraced this role enthusiastically.

But as time went on things began to change. The advantages and possibilities that came with this status proved to be too tempting to resist, and they developed an egocentric mentality that corrupted their views and judgment, thereby forming the basis for all their decisions and actions.

They adopted an uncompromising approach to other societies and it came to be known that they used many nefarious and covert means to obtain their objectives. They were not mindful of effects or consequences, and their standing in the world fell as they came to be regarded with mistrust and doubt. This caused them many problems, but they refused to unbend from their self-interested ways and much chaos resulted and eventually spread.

The approach they took with their own citizens was also damaging yet subtle, and they used methods that were deceptive and gradual so that the majority of their people remained unaware of what this would ultimately mean for them. As the people became more complacent they also became more susceptible to the steady stream of propaganda and encroaching changes in their lives. One effective tool used involved taking two existing terminologies and replacing them with one that allowed for manipulation and behavioral control over time.

The old discarded terminologies were known as common courtesy and good manners. These were simple terms with uncomplicated definitions. They were what their names implied, which was a courteous nature and a respectful manner towards others. But these proved to be too simple and straightforward and therefore weren’t flexible enough, and so they were phased out of use and replaced.

The new term, known as politically correct, became so woven into society and how it functioned that most, besides those over a certain age, had only a vague awareness of the old terms and their meanings. This new term set parameters that made everything susceptible to criticism and change. Society was assessed and judged according to what the definition of politically correct was at a given time, and the definition continually expanded. The new term was supposed to promote tolerance and protect people from potentially offensive language or behavior, but it went too far and everyone became a potential victim or a potential offender, and sometimes both.

Warnings, regulations, and laws became attached to almost everything as it was believed that people needed to be protected not only from others but from themselves as well. Personal responsibility and consequences fell as it became easier to blame other people or situations for almost anything. Apologies, often without any genuine sincerity, became commonplace. Unpretentious behavior and language became the accepted norm as people learned that these were the new rules to abide by in order to succeed in life.

Concern with being politically correct came to dominate all aspects of life, both professional and personal. Strength of character, independent thinking, and a strong sense of self and responsibility were no longer cultivated or seen as desirable traits, and were discouraged. This had a negative and degrading effect on society and affected their views and relations with one another and with other societies as well.

This new manufactured reality was packaged and sold as individuality to their people, but this was a false concept. The molding and control of society was the end goal of the politically correct climate. Conformity was what they were really selling, and unfortunately many people bought it. It became acceptable to express only the views of the status quo and disagreement with this was seen as abnormal, highly questionable, and even dangerous. Life became one large duplicitous game which in the end ensured no winners.

So, how did this story end?

This remains to be seen, as this is not a fairy tale from long ago but an ongoing real story that has not yet played itself out. This is what is currently happening in America, and it’s clear that such an intense focus on being politically correct has had an adverse effect. We have gone from a society of strong individuals to a herd of weak sheep – ripe for the slaughter.

The question now is will the end come from an external source and event, or will we implode from within as our society continues its downward spiral?

Time will tell.

World

Control as a Fundamental Motivation

From the time we are born we are subjected to control by others in one form or another. There have always been and will always be controls in place, such as laws designed by societies to maintain a sense of stability and order. These are accepted by most to be normal and necessary. Yet control is often pursued and used with negative intentions and consequences. It’s these controls we must be mindful of as they are the most sought after, fought after, and dangerous things in the world. Locally, regionally, and globally; the fight for control is ongoing and plays out in many covert and overt ways both large and small.

Money and power are two of the most corruptible influences in the world. There are addictive qualities attached to these that are apparent to anyone paying attention. Those who actively pursue and acquire one or both of these are never satisfied and tend to want to more. Enough is never enough, and this mission of accumulation is a full-time job often involving manipulations, deceit, and dubious back room dealings. Money brings purchasing power; the more you have the more you can buy. Power brings the ability, directly or indirectly, to put in place or determine decision and policy making. But it must be asked what money and power really bring in the end, and the answer is control.

Control is the real name of the game, and it is a compulsion that is the driving force behind the decisions and actions of many, whether it is acknowledged as such or not. Control is the end goal and ultimate power trip. We experience the effects of this in our personal lives and through connections to distant bodies such as banks, corporations, and government. There are so many examples that if I tried to list them all I would be here awhile. It is likely I will touch on some in future articles, so I will limit it here.

Big governments push their own agendas to gain control of other regions, either directly or by proxy. Destabilizing regions and installing those who will push the desired agenda allowing for control of resources, economies, and even social conditions is not an improvement for most. There is always a price to be paid, and it’s the general population who end up paying it. Protecting their interests or sphere of influence is what is claimed, and to an extent this may be true, but essentially this is camouflaged language as control is the intended objective. All other considerations are or become incidental, and the huge propaganda machine is used to muddy the waters on all types of issues, situations, and conflicts everywhere. This is true historically, and it is true today.

Local and regional governments are also known to exert their control in ways that have little to do with common sense or the common good. They may be big fishes in little ponds but make no mistake they guard their power jealously. They surround themselves with and reward those who court them, and they don’t take seriously their role as public servants when they rule as if it’s their personal fiefdom. It’s truly a sad spectacle to watch. No wonder the system is crumbling from within, yet they can’t see it. There is no real comprehension that even though they are just a cog in the machine, they are contributing to the decline of the system as a whole when they seek to control it for their own gain and agendas.

Big banks strive to control the economy through manipulation and deceitful practices. They focus on short term gains, risky investments, market manipulations, and bonuses for themselves. Long term implications of their actions either escape their notice, they delude themselves that all is well, or they simply don’t care. And really, why should they care? For the most part, they are protected by government with little fear of any serious reprimands, criminal charges, or changes to their business structure or bottom line. There is no incentive for them to change.

Large corporations strive to control people – through their wallets. An enormous amount of money goes into research that they then use to devise marketing strategies to boost their profits. They do their best to convince us of how wonderful and trustworthy they are, and what a perfect fit they are for us. Even though we pay them to provide us with a product or service, they make all the rules and we end up with the short end of the stick. We don’t get a lot for our money and they are expert at creating bureaucratic mazes that can try the patience of a saint. If their product or service is something we want or need or we are locked in a contract, then any inconveniences and headaches incurred are just part of doing business with them and should be expected and tolerated with good grace on our part.

Religions have always been zealous in their efforts to gain control over peoples’ behaviors, mindsets, money and yes, even their children. Most of these people truly have no respect for individual freewill and utilizing the minds we were born with, and they very much enjoy telling others how wrong they are if their beliefs differ. Guilt and emotional blackmail are used to maintain control and violence and bloodshed is not beneath them. History speaks for itself here and the examples are numerous.

School systems are prime places not only for the use of control, but for indoctrination of it. They employ policies to ensure conformity and compliance to a set educational and politically minded curriculum. It is an environment where encouraging practical and positive growth and development of thought processes is stifled and monitored. But it is an extremely important environment as it affects the young and therefore the future.

Indications of all of the above, and more, can be recognized when following events and issues in the world. Many people seem to be apathetic about the amount of control others have over their lives. I know many are hopeful that as situations deteriorate, as it appears they are, more will become not only uncomfortable with this reality, but more reluctant to give away control so easily and to even take some back.

The first step in resisting the control others exert is by recognizing it for what it is. It makes it easier to tune them out when there is awareness that what comes out of their mouths is not to be trusted. It is important to pay attention to what they do and not what they say. To deny them control whenever possible, even in small ways, is a step forward. Only when enough people become aware and willing will we affect any change for the better. It is true that we can’t control everything, but if we don’t begin taking back control we have either given or had taken away then the only thing we have to look forward to is losing even more. That is not a future to look forward to.

 

“The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are.”     ~ David Icke

 

Society

Adverse Characteristics of Society

I am sure that many besides me have pondered the adverse characteristics of society and the system that governs and influences our lives. The mentalities, practices, and flaws that are par for the course have contributed greatly to the problems we face. Situations and difficulties are repeatedly handled using the same ineffective means and ambiguous motives that ensure that nothing much improves. I often wonder how this system can survive in the long run, or even how it has survived thus far.

Through personal experience and observation I have observed four adverse characteristics of society that are endemic and form the basis of how our system functions, and heavily influence all else within it. These characteristics are not displayed by everyone, and some display more than one. Yet they are prevalent in society to such an extent I felt it appropriate to briefly address them here.

Quest for Money – To be sure, we all would like to have more of it. After all, it is necessary for basic needs and it buys nice things. I like money as much as the next person but I am not motivated by it, nor is my existence defined by it. For many this is not the case. Their purpose in life revolves around the pursuit, acquisition and hoarding of money – ultimately allowing for the control of others. For example, the large corporations and banks with their questionable business practices and attitudes have created an increasingly unstable economic climate. Though there is much criticism little has been done to rein them in. The power we have bestowed on money is such that it can become an obsession and compulsion that displaces other considerations in life – and other people. Money, along with resources, religion, and control are things people will absolutely battle for and kill over. Money is an inanimate object. It doesn’t engage in questionable behavior or attitudes – but people in the pursuit of it do.

Focus on Appearances – This is the unwritten Social Bible of our society, which is followed more closely in practice than the Christian Bible. This is especially apparent in mainstream Christianity and the business world. This preoccupation and drive to be socially acceptable and presentable rules decisions and actions, and often overrides common sense. It’s not a concern about others liking them for who they are or what they can contribute. It is pursuit of acceptance and approval in order to attain social advancement, status, and material gain. This is not an environment where traits such as honesty, integrity, or ingenuity thrive or are recognized and valued. A disparity between professed beliefs and actions is a typical characteristic of this mentality. This is a toxic environment where submitting and not diverging from the acceptable path is the norm. If you don’t fall in line and play the game then you are considered abnormal and difficult. It is the true herd mentality, and a true detriment to improvements and change that are sorely needed.

Lack of Common Sense – Whatever makes sense, let’s do the opposite. This is an unspoken decree, and if it isn’t, well then you could’ve fooled me. Time and again this can be seen everywhere. You have to wonder at times how anything ever gets done or even how things function at all. Well they do function, just not very efficiently or constructively. There is a lot of waste as a result – of human potential, resources, time, money, and opportunities. Society tends to flow according to the current status quo. Even when faced with undesirable results, people are reluctant to challenge or change existing norms unless and until mentalities collectively begin to change. If something isn’t working, or not working well, it makes sense to try something else. However, most wait for permission or to see what others are doing or saying before attempting or endorsing anything different.

Lack of Ethics – Deception, abuse, indifference, corruption, and other various forms of criminal behavior permeates our society today – it is all around us. In fact it has become so common as to be considered normal now. There is no shock or dismay when most wrongdoings or questionable behavior are exposed – only an opportunity for some good gossip, finger pointing, and feigned outrage. Higher education institutions teach ethics now as an acknowledgment that yes, ethical behavior is a concern. But what they fail to acknowledge is that you cannot really teach an adult ethical behavior. Ethics and a sense of right and wrong are formed in childhood. By adulthood, core personalities are formed. That’s not to say people cannot change, but most do not.  Unfortunately too, many cannot grasp or simply don’t care about anything that doesn’t affect them personally or their little corner of the world.

All of these adverse characteristics can be observed operating all the time in every level of society. They can be found in every profession and business (public or private), every economic class, and every demographic category. When problems or questionable behavior becomes known then what is heard are lies, excuses, evasions, and apologies that fall short. Seldom is there any real change for the better. I don’t have any magical answers as to how to change any of the above, but there needs to be more accountability across the board, even at the highest levels. Until we have that not much is going to improve overall. It would be advantageous to see more concerned people become involved to influence and change practices and processes which are ineffective and produce undesirable results. Doing so is not easy or without risk, but it is necessary. Without change there can be no improvements in our situations, and a stagnant society holds no benefit or attraction.

“The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race” ~ Don Marquis