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Postby Lindsay » 28 May 2013, 05:45

Day 409: The Internal Politics of the Mind / Consciousness – Part 2 --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... -mind.html


This post is a continuation from:
Day 406: Introduction to the “It’s Not my Problem” Phenomenon
Day 407: Tylenol, the Magic Pill to Reduce Anxiety Over 'Existential Uncertainty and Death'
Day 408: The Internal Politics of the Mind / Consciousness - Part 1

Which is also part of a larger series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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Here we are continuing with what we started walking-through in yesterday’s post: The Internal Politics of the Mind/Consciousness, now moving on to the next segment of the passage that was originally shared on Day 406:

“…In governmental, military, and hierarchically structured business organizations, lower-echelon workers take no official notice of a superior’s errors of judgment, acts of deception, breaches of ethical standards, or felonies. They ape the three monkeys, ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.’

The philosophy, ‘let the devil take the hindmost,’ is documented frequently in our own experience and in events the news media report almost daily. Startling confirmation of this kind of uninvolvement comes from controlled experiments that show how individuals abandon each other when street accidents, violence, and other misfortunes strike.” (140) ~ [*] Murray Sidman, excerpt from his book Coercion and Its Fallout


Now, taking the first paragraph we can see how this directly relates to our internal relationship with ourselves with regards to how we attempt, without success, to ‘manage’ the various different personalities as voices in our head where we tend to ‘shy away’ from the more dominant and authoritative voices even when we are clear that what is being expressed within ourselves are ‘errors of judgment, acts of deception, breaches of ethical standards, or felonies.”

We can look at this point of ‘felonies’ especially in relation to how, when we allow voices in our head to dictatorially direct and influence our behavior in a way that is not within the consideration of what is best for all (internally and externally), we are allowing ourselves to commit crimes against life because immediately upon accepting this of ourselves we have plunged ourselves into the depths of self-interest. When we allow this we will ONLY consider what we WANT, what we DESIRE, what makes us FEEL GOOD, what will hopefully prevent us from feeling BAD, and what ensures that we will WIN at whomever’s and whatever’s expense. We thus fully steep ourselves in ‘survival mode.’

The consequences of such acceptances and allowances both internally and externally are strikingly powerful and can be readily seen in all aspects of this reality if one dares to investigate for oneself - which takes an actual deliberate and disciplined decision to see through the lies, to read between the lines, and to stop the voices from influencing us – otherwise we are not seeing, reading, nor hearing what is HERE as it really is. It is so easy to be CONNED by the sweet talk of our Internal Politician of CONsciousness.

This is how we, over time, inferiorize ourselves to our own mind wherein we accept an internal hierarchical structure of enslavement, eventually accepting ourselves completely as the ‘lower-echelon worker’ that does the bidding for these unrepentant and delusional voices without question, as if this entire assembly is who we are and there’s nothing we can do about ‘our place’ within the chain of command. We surely see evil, hear evil and speak evil – yet we pretend we do not notice; we pretend this is ‘normal.’ Because we do this within ourselves, we naturally accept the same thing to happen in this world. We see the evil of others, we hear the evil of others, and we converse and speak evil WITH others – and so this entire political agenda of trickery, deceit and exploitation continues unencumbered in ALL WAYS. Monkey see, monkey do.

According to The Free Dictionary, the phrase “let the devil take the hindmost” means:

“something that you say to mean that you should only think about yourself and your own success and not care about other people. You've got to be tough to survive in this business - grab what you can and let the devil take the hindmost.”


Surely this statement, as Sidman noted, ‘is documented frequently in our own experience and in events the news media reports almost daily’ (to correct this statement though, we require to recognize that this phenomenon does not happen ‘almost’ daily, but DAILY) – every single day we allow this relationship to ourselves and to this world without batting an eye. We couldn’t care less about others because we couldn’t care less about ourselves - we have forfeited our integrity in every way. A harsh reality to come to terms with, but it is only coming to terms with it that we can actually change.

This ‘let the devil take the hindmost’ mentality is certainly correlated to the ‘it’s not my problem’ phenomenon – this is part and parcel of our internal political system where there is no accountability to be seen…anywhere.

“Startling confirmation of this kind of uninvolvement comes from controlled experiments that show how individuals abandon each other when street accidents, violence, and other misfortunes strike.”


In Psychology this is termed the ‘bystander effect’ – to familiarize yourself with this, check out this sample of videos:

THE BYSTANDER EFFECT
The Bystander Effect: No One Cares


As noted - the more people present, the less likely anyone will step forward to do something.

Well, we’ve got an entire world that is suffering while each of us look on as if nothing is happening. Yet, to relate this back to the Internal Politics of the Mind/Consciousness: we’ve got an entire internal world that is being neglected, yet we allow ourselves to remain silent in the face of this self-abuse. The more voices in our head, the less likely we will step forward to do something. We think that things will just work themselves out. We put trust in these voices even when we experience time and time again that our best interests are NEVER met – the pain, self-abandonment and paranoia simply escalates – and surely we can see the same exact play-out in this world. We put trust in politicians from the starting point of attempting to evade our own self-responsibility and thus we stand by as these politicians declare empty promises and false potentials, pretending that we don’t notice that it’s nothing but absolutely malarkey.

The point will be opened up with even more detail and specificity especially in the next post as we move into the bolded section of the passage shared on Day 406. Until next time check out the videos I’ve placed above as well as the documentaries that I've listed below and give yourself a moment to reflect on your daily experience of yourself in relation to what has been shared here. How have you become a bystander in your own life? How have you come to place yourself at the very bottom of the chain of command in relation to the voices in your head that you allow to dictate your every breath? How have you designed yourself in such a way that you deliberately blind yourself to any moment of clarity that may arise when you see you are being self-dishonest, simply because you are afraid to let go of the delusion you have created and the power you have given to these voices which have become like a ‘comfort zone’ of self-manipulation? To even begin to answer these questions will allow one to break the chain and to thus take command of one’s life, step by step, stepping out of the comfort zone, the war zone, and returning home to REALITY.

To be continued…



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Re: Lindsay's Blogs

Postby Lindsay » 29 May 2013, 07:07

Day 410: We have played dead for so long that we have become the walking dead. --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... -long.html


This post is a continuation from:
Day 406: Introduction to the “It’s Not my Problem” Phenomenon
Day 407: Tylenol, the Magic Pill to Reduce Anxiety Over 'Existential Uncertainty and Death'
Day 408: The Internal Politics of the Mind / Consciousness - Part 1
Day 409: The Internal Politics of the Mind / Consciousness - Part 2

Which is also part of a larger series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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“More and more the fortunate among us are placing emotional and social distance between ourselves and our fellows who are in trouble. Ironically, as the distinction between the haves and the have-nots become more visible, it becomes easier to deny the existence of the have-nots than to do something for them. Few take pleasure in the sight of human misery; not to see it is a simple way to avoid it. To deal with others’ suffering is costly; it takes money, time, effort, and the disruption of our personal priorities. If, instead we dismiss the hungry, homeless, and ill as stupid, lazy, and improvident, those of us who are sated, housed and healthy can self-righteously refuse to see them. We thereby protect ourselves from unpleasantness and inconvenience…

…If we are to reverse the current trends toward egocentricity, isolation from active involvement with each other, and evasion of responsibility by keeping ourselves uninformed and pretending that problems do not exist, then we must take a closer look at the determinants of that conduct. What creates uninvolvement? What maintains it? When examined closely, almost all forms of inaction via disengagement will be found to contain strong avoidance components.” (141) ~ [*] Murray Sidman, excerpt from his book Coercion and Its Fallout


Within this post we are moving from the topic of Internal Politics to a direct reflection upon what is being shared in the segment above. Essentially, what Sidman has expressed here is quite straightforward. The point that is most critical and perhaps most difficult is to take these words back to ourselves and relate them to our own personal life to see how we, the fortunate, are placing emotional and social distance between ourselves and our fellows who are in trouble – which can only mean that we are actually placing emotional and social distance between our ourselves WITHIN ourselves. To lose touch with reality is to lose touch with ourselves. This is where we fail to see our very own internal reflection in this external world, down to the most minute of details – as nothing is to be discounted.

What is so often taken for granted is the fact that we have accepted a system where we are ALL in trouble in the sense that one single moment can shift us from being in a fortunate position to an unfortunate position where we are then literally left to fend for ourselves with absolutely NO support. There is nothing in this current reality that guarantees our support from birth until death, and there is nothing that states that the position we are in now will endure.

Indeed, as inequality and the ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots becomes irrefutable, we scramble to find more sophisticated and clever ways to deny our responsibility within it all. Instead of changing what is here in a way that will guarantee a life of dignity for all because we see that is what we would like for ourselves, we take what is here and we exploit it further by consuming more just so we can distract ourselves from the utter devastation that consumerism wreaks. Quite a conundrum, to be sure.

To pretend something is not here, does not make it go away – this should be basic commonsense – yet, we live our lives as if this is the solution to the problem. Thus the problems grow. We don’t want to help others because it’s too costly so we do nothing and the cost of living rises for everyone. More conundrums. We don’t want to give our time to make a significant change so we give our time working in a job just to survive and thus our time is no longer our own – we justify our own enslavement. We believe that change takes too much effort, yet we disregard the effort it takes to keep this system going in a completely ineffective manner. It’s straining all of life and it doesn’t have to be this way. We tend to only take our personal priorities into account – yet, in this system, there is no such thing as ‘personal priorities’ because we have already sold our every breath. The thoughts we think are not our own. The clothes we wear, the friends we have, the career we have, the education we have – is not our own. It can all be taken away from us in a matter of seconds simply because we have already giving what is our away: our life.

This can be seen reflected in the hungry and the homeless. Yet we refuse to see that a single breath is what separates us from their shoes. Their shoes are OUR shoes. We disregard human misery because to face it is to face ourselves and what we have allowed to be here - most do not have enough courage or integrity to dedicate themselves to stand within all this seemingly insurmountable pain and to do whatever must be done to bring a solution that will END this spite on life FOREVERMORE. So we keep ourselves protected in entertainment and socializing and consumerism and image and intellect and on and on – and not in a single solitary moment of any of it do we EVER give ourselves the chance to LIVE, nor do we give this change to anyone else. We are too busy hiding from life to live. We are too busy playing dead. We have played dead for so long that we have become the walking dead. We have isolated ourselves. We have sensationalized stupidity and through this found ways to celebrate our denial of responsibility pretending that we do not see that this track we are on is heading straight for our own demise.

The solution is to first recognize the problem. That in itself is one of the greatest challenges we will ever be faced with. Once we have genuinely admitted to ourselves that we are the problem is when we can really start becoming the solution. The first step – the step we take where we step into the shoes of ALL that is here and realize we are PART of it ALL – that is the hardest step, after that it is simple: step by step by step we do what must be done, until it is done, until there is no more a word that describes the hungry, the homeless, the abused, the forgotten, the left for dead, because we have now ensured that EVERYONE gets to LIVE – as we realize that this is actually the ONLY way WE get to live.



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Re: Lindsay's Blogs

Postby Lindsay » 30 May 2013, 05:43

Day 411: An Introduction to the Marketing of Survival --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... ng-of.html


This post is part of a series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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Here is a peak into the Marketing of Survival:

“In large corporations, professional and scientific groups, colleges, universities, and hospitals, we find sheer survival taking over as the operating goal. ‘Marketing’ is the buzzword. In every kind of organization, executives and administrators who concern themselves with the quality and utility of their products and services are being told, ‘You are not in tune with the modern business practice. Get with it.’ The contingencies are quite explicit: No matter how shoddy the product, if you can see it you are acclaimed, admired and handsomely recompensed; no matter how useful, lasting, beautiful, and beneficial your product, if you cannot see it, both you are the product are despised. The salesmen have taken over; the quality of a product is secondary to success in selling it…

…And so we see the original missions of many organizations, founded to maintain or improve the quality of life, being subverted to ensure the survival of the operating staff and physical plant. Modern universities and hospitals are top heavy with business managers who have little or no understanding of education, patient care, or research. Public criticism of deficiencies in these unfamiliar areas merely threatens their job security…

…Hospital administrators, weary and resentful of physicians who push for improvements in patient care, vexed and irritated by researchers who demand space and resources to develop new methods for cure and prevention, and fearful of the risks to their own jobs that such unfamiliar considerations pose, are gradually substituting economics for their original health-related goals. Profit is replacing quality of patient care and research productivity as the justification for continued existence…

…Now, avoiding involvement, we let the free market determine the survival of institutions that arose out of public needs and therefore require public support. We are permitting coercive control, oriented solely toward financial survival, to replace appreciation and positive support for the fulfillment of public goals. The free marketplace is cruelly coercive. Its survival criteria and its fruits – wealth, prestige, privilege, and leisure – are in fundamental conflict with the aims of public service.

It should come as no surprise that immediate survival controls conduct more powerfully than do long-term consequences: ‘How can we provide quality education or health care if we become financially bankrupt?’ On the other hand, one may ask, ‘Does it make sense to remain financially sound if the price is bankruptcy of purpose?’ Answers to these questions come not from logic but from the laws of behavior; the economic consequences are immediate and the educational consequences are delayed. With modern administrative structures, the coercive pressures squelch any actions that threaten to increase quality at the expense of profitability.” (147-148) ~ [*] Murray Sidman, excerpt from his book Coercion and Its Fallout


This is a critical point to be investigated with extensive consequences and implications that have already manifested to a terrifying degree – in addition to many more consequences that have yet to manifest, but are certainly inevitable if we are to continue in this passive stupor that we are currently allowing of ourselves with a sort of ease that can only come from a total acceptance of powerlessness. This acceptance has materialized as a living expression of self-denial through extensive conditioning, repetition, training and indoctrination where we actually learn, over time, how to completely ignore what is here. This obliviousness that has characterized humanity is surely rooted in survival - where fear, self-interest, and paranoia have literally gotten the best of us.

In the posts to come I will take on these points that are discussed in the passage above and offer insights and perspectives with regards to especially the psychological aspect of how - through accepting this relationship of survival as fear, self-interest, and paranoia within ourselves - have we created an exact replication to be in this physical world, built into our very social systems? And thus, furthermore, how does this make us responsibility to change BOTH ourselves and this world to correct what we have created in every single dimension to ensure that we never create this separation, inequality and abuse ever again?

Stay tuned…



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Re: Lindsay's Blogs

Postby Lindsay » 31 May 2013, 08:17

Day 412: How to Market your Personality --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... ality.html

This post is a continuation from:
Day 411: An Introduction to the Marketing of Survival

Which is also part of a larger series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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I have very limited time to write tonight, thus I will only briefly open this point up and in the following posts I will be able to go into more detail.

The specific point I’d like to highlight for tonight in relation to the passage from yesterday’s post, is within a similar context to what I wrote out recently: The Internal Politics of the Mind/Consciousness – in seeing how this ‘Marketing of Survival’ has manifested in this external world due to being in direct relationship with the ‘Marketing of Survival’ within ourselves as the personalities and characters we create and allow to survive within us, plunging ourselves into survival-mode as we are now at the mercy of the products that each of these multiple personalities as multiple voices in our head pitch and sell to us which we deem we must listen to, we must buy, in order to express ourselves, in order to feel okay with ourselves, in order to cope with ourselves. Due to the extensive fear of letting go of these voices and energetic experiences which we have latched onto and believed to be the totality of who we are, we have now fully accepted and essentially ‘embraced’ an all-pervasive, over-arching experience of paranoia that ultimately ‘colors’ our entire reality such that we are never seeing what is really here directly. We could say we are seeing reality, not necessarily through ‘rose-colored glasses,’ but ‘paranoia-colored glasses’ – and that color will be whatever color our consciousness, as paranoia itself, determines it to be.

And this fear of letting go has become so petrifying because one cannot let go without taking full self-responsibility for the consequences that manifested when clinging to the delusions and illusions that were conjured up unimpeded within one’s mind/consciousness as the multiple personalities we marketed and promoted without once questioning: is this actually real?

It’s not like we can just ‘snap out of it’ in one moment and be done, be paranoia-free, and thus be all of a sudden able to see reality direct just because we apparently ‘let go’ – no – letting go is actually a process; and it’s a process that we ALL will require to walk, so anyone who states otherwise is speaking from behind their paranoia-colored glasses and thus is merely a personality attempting to pitch a product to anyone who will buy it. Suggest not buying such bullshit, especially because one can only buy such bullshit when one is bullshitting oneself and this is certainly how we go about keeping each other enslaved because we don’t want to stop our own bullshit so we support others’ bullshit so that we can apparently evade accountability. ‘If everyone else is doing it then it’s not so bad.’

It’s not that just now survival is taking over as the operating goal in large corporations, professional and scientific groups, colleges, universities, and hospitals as Sidman is suggesting – it’s to realize that this has ALWAYS been the operating goal, because this has ALWAYS been our internal operating goal as human beings - thus of course it will be reflecting in all that we create. However, now it is more overt and ‘in our faces’ which is why our rose-colored glasses have transformed to a much more paranoid tinge. We are no longer able to make things all pretty by continuously sweeping the filth that comes with allowing survival-mode to direct our behavior under the rug – it has become too immense to hide.

Alright, I will go to here for this post and expand further in the next...



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Postby Lindsay » 01 Jun 2013, 05:58

Day 413: The Psychology of Altruism --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... ruism.html

This post is a continuation from:
Day 411: An Introduction to the Marketing of Survival
Day 412: How to Market your Personality

Which is also part of a larger series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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We must all ask ourselves a perhaps sobering question: has any institution that has been erected throughout time ever genuinely been founded on the sincere basis of improving the quality of life for all?

Why this question must be asked – and moreover answered in a considerate manner – and why it is ‘sobering’ is because, when we start to investigate the situation we are now in as humanity - with some real depth - we get to see the accumulative effect of what has come before us and thus what we have yet to realize, or really what we refuse to realize, is that this approach has not been genuine nor effective in any way.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Marketing of Survival within our social institutions is not a new phenomenon. It is merely becoming more prevalent as the accumulative effect of what we have allowed to go ‘unnoticed’ is beginning to compound to a degree which can no longer be ignored, nor taken lightly. We have certainly become more desperate in our approach as debt on all levels continues to increase at a staggering rate. In fact, the debt has become so inconceivably massive that we have simply collectively agreed to submit to this ‘entity’ and survive however we can, even if it means killing others through especially an indirect manner in terms of what we support within our consumer ‘choices’ where we have allowed ourselves to become completed disconnected from any sort of relationship with the producers of what we purchase. Thus we have no idea how products magically line our shelves, nor do we care about the conditions individuals must endure so that we can revel in our isolated CONveniences. Eventually, if this approach is to continue unrestrained, we will also destroy ourselves in the process, as it is only a matter of time before the consequences of our ignorance catch up to us.

While money as paper, as numbers on a screen, is not actually real but is merely a social agreement – the effects that our agreement has on real lives is really devastating.

Here are some further ‘sub-questions’ to be considered within the initial question posed at the beginning of this post:

Could real ‘patient care’ ever have existed when hospitals have been built within a system that is inherently uncaring?

Could real education have ever existed when educational institutions have been built within a system that is inherently ignorant and founded upon inequality wherein education has not been made available to all as a basic human right?

When physicians and researchers are having to beg for improvements to patient care even on the most basic level, or beg for space and resources to conduct their research – and then furthermore finding themselves ‘backing off’ for fear of their own job survival, does this not at all ring a bell or raise a big red flag that we are going in the wrong direction?

What’s fascinating is the tendency that we have to not at all place ourselves in the shoes of another – thus, when administrators and business managers are slashing funding without mercy it is oftentimes overlooked that the funding that is being cut is what would perhaps later down the road provide them with assistance if they were to become ill or require hospitalization, for example. That is when we want patient care, when it is about OUR CARE.

Well, in order to ensure this for ourselves we must ensure it for ALL. That is the definition of ALL-true-ism. If it isn’t true for all, then it is false for ALL. If it isn’t care for ALL, then it is abuse for ALL. We may not see this simple mathematical equation in our lives at the moment, but there is NO GUARANTEE whatsoever that our day will not come, because we have in no way ensured that support will be provided no matter what.

We, shockingly enough, agree to a system of instability on a daily basis - when we could just as easily have a system of stability, especially with us being in a physical reality that is dependable and consistent. We have so much technology at our finger tips to really benefit life, yet we squander these opportunities because we so easily forget that we exist in a system of inequality where those who really require benefits are disregarded and left in the dust as we celebrate our apparent ‘advances’ while sipping champagne and eating h’orderves that are laced with poisons and harvested by those who make mere pennies per day. How often do we notice these relationships that are inextricably intertwined? We cannot truly advance unless ALL are moving together. To leave even a single remnant behind means we are still stuck in our perceived greatness which will in due course consume us completely. What a shame.

Yes, it is complex and will take great effort and hard physical work to tend to the mess we have created – but it can be done. As Sidman states: the economic consequences are immediate and the educational consequences are delayed. With modern administrative structures, the coercive pressures squelch any actions that threaten to increase quality at the expense of profitability.

This thus shows that the point really comes down to EDUCATION. We who are able must educate ourselves so that we can through this educate others in an open and accessible manner that challenges profitability and increases awareness as to the problem we are in so that we can ALL become the solution. Yes, the rewards of education are delayed, as are the consequences for not educating ourselves. Best to forego the addiction to immediate rewards and understand the consequences that we are manifesting through disregarding our responsibility to be leaders in this world, bringing forth a change that is not only lasting and sustainable, but a change that changes ALL lives equally.

I am not one for relativism, in that I see that this stance must be ABSOLUTE. As I mentioned above, not a single point can be left out of the equation or else the problem literally will NOT be solved. We must come to terms with this so that we can stand accountable to be counted in the equation and through this accumulate solutions instead of more problems. Altruism, too, is a mathematical equation that can be utilized as a reference point to see where we stand as humanity. We can clearly see through this assessment our false, fake and phony 'intentions' are merely perpetuating an unequal solution that is not true for all.



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Postby Lindsay » 02 Jun 2013, 05:51

Day 414: Freud, Sidman and the Bewildered Herd walk into a Bar... --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... dered.html

This post is part of a series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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“Defense Mechanisms Against Coercion:

Avoidance can take bizarre or neurotic forms. Sigmund Freud, recognizing the prevalence of coercive control, suggested that many behavior patterns arise out of the need to protect ourselves against the anxieties that coercion provokes. Most of us adapt to coercion more or less effectively, coping by means of one or another form of escape or avoidance. Sometimes, however, avoiding may so preoccupy one that it interferes with everyday functioning. Coping that takes inordinate time and attention, or that friends, family, and society view with alarm, is not so adaptive. Even successful avoidance may entail personal and social costs so severe that a person is classified as mentally ill. For its dependence on control by coercion, society pays a price in human suffering, maladjustment, and reduced capacity for constructive engagement.

To say that all neurosis and mental illness is avoidance behavior would dangerously simply those problems. Neither term, neurosis or mental illness, signifies a single disease; no ‘magic bullet’ will ever cure all instances. The origins of ‘sick behavior,’ and the factors that keep it going differ from person to person. Body chemistry, inheritance, and behavioral histories all may be involved.

On the other hand, to overlook the possibility that a person’s bizarre, neurotic, or otherwise maladaptive conduct might be a product of coercion could also dangerously simplify matters; it could prevent successful treatment and needlessly prolong suffering. When trying to save someone who has gone over the edge, it is often useful to look for avoidance contingencies that could be supporting the maladaptive behavior. Because successfully avoided shocks rarely occur, they are not always easy to find.” (149) ~ [*] Murray Sidman, excerpt from his book Coercion and Its Fallout


Here we can look at neurotic as being synonymous with paranoid and thus through this we can see how, when we try to avoid reality, we are indeed making a decision to shift ourselves into a paranoid, neurotic state which is arising from a defense mechanism - as in essence an attempt to evade responsibility for what we are facing in a single moment.

Freud certainly recognized the prevalence of coercive control and was a key figure in perpetuating it – all of which can be studied specifically in the documentary Century of the Self. In fact, Freud coined this notion of ‘defense mechanisms’ and promoted the concept as a necessary component for a ‘healthy’ human to develop in order to ‘deal with’ or rather ‘keep at bay’ our underlying selfish desires.

Thus, in a sense, Freud saw being alive in itself as a sort of traumatic, coercive event that we simply required to find ways to cope with and protect ourselves against or else all chaos was sure to break lose. In addition to this he categorized most humans as being part of the ‘bewildered herd’ that did not in any way have the capability or capacity to make rational decisions and thus required to be coercively controlled by a small handful of powerful elite whose apparent task was to maintain ‘order’ in society. Freud believed that civilization was created due to this very point – to provide a framework, or perhaps more specifically a ‘container ’ with which to hold us ‘wild humans.’

It’s a fascinating point to take a look at really because, just within what I have expressed thus far, there are so many layers of self-deception that are being justified and stated in a deterministic fashion wherein we must just accept the fate of who we are and learn to deal with our fate. This has surely become the cornerstone of inequality and abuse in this world as the single exhaustive excuse that’s constantly and haphazardly being thrust onto our most classic scapegoat: human nature.

I mean, even Sidman has taken the bait here and chimes in with justifications about the necessity to adapt to coercion and to cope in whatever way necessary through either escape of avoidance. To adapt to coercion is again bringing in the concept of Learned Helplessness which I’ve written about extensively within this blog. To read about Learned Helplessness go to the Table of Contents for this series and peruse the titles, amongst them you will find posts on the topic of Learned Helplessness.

So here I am merely introducing this passage and sharing some brief points that will be explored with further detail in the posts to come. There are certainly many layers that required exposure within this single passage and the most interesting aspect of it all is when we really start to bring it all back to ourselves and see how all of this was created from the allowance of a single thought, and then we make this thought real through projecting it out onto our reality within a subjective delusion, and then we shatter ourselves into multiple points of view which eventually all become paranoid of one another, and through this paranoia coercion emerges, and then defense mechanisms to deal with the coercion, and on and on it goes ad infinitum – and here we are spiraling through the illusion, scrambling to get a grip on that which was never real as it was founded upon an ever-elusive thought as an energetic experience that can never be substantiated. What a mess!

More to come.



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Re: Lindsay's Blogs

Postby Lindsay » 03 Jun 2013, 06:44

Day 415: Introduction to the Bewildered Herd and Coercive Control --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... -herd.html

This post is a continuation from:
Day 414: Freud, Sidman and the Bewildered Herd

Which is also part of a larger series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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I read an article today that is a transcribed interview with Noam Chomsky from June 2009 on the topic of Democracy and Education (source) which is not only very important to read and consider in a self-investigative manner, but it also coincides in many ways with yesterday’s post specifically in relation to the bewildered herd and coercive control; so it was quite apropos to come across today. Here I will share pertinent sections from the article and in the following post I will draw from both this article as well as the passage from yesterday’s post to condense while simultaneously expand on the points that have been expressed thus far - especially in relation to the bewildered herd, coercive control, neurosis, paranoia and of course, consciousness:


“Falcone: Do you think that there's a connection to the American students' idea that they can bring about social change through quick protests then when you give lectures and people ask you well, what can I do? And then you tell the audience, well, I go to developing sectors of the world and they don't ask what to do. They tell me what they're doing.

Chomsky: And it's a long-term thing. You don't do it in a minute. Also, it takes a, Bolivia which is maybe the most inspiring democracy in the world today, the most repressed, that's not the way it's described here, but just think what happened. The most repressed part of the population is the indigenous population here. Most of them were exterminated, so the question doesn't come up. But in Bolivia they are majority and, you know, forever the country's been run by small Europeanized elites, mostly white Europeanized elites. Well, you know, they now, in 2005 they were organized enough to enter into the political arena and elect someone from their own ranks on programs that they had advocated and he follows. Okay. That's democracy - but it didn't happen on Election Day – they were organizing and struggling about it for years.

Actually, five years before, they succeeded in throwing out the World Bank and DeKalb, the American corporations and the French corporations who were trying to privatize water. In an academic economic seminar you can probably prove a theorem saying, you know, it works better if it's privatized. And, of course, there's a small flip note: a lot of the population can't pay for it. Well, you know, you can't have perfection. But they wanted to be able to drink water, so they threw out the World Bank and the corporation and they prevented the privatization of water - not so simple. A lot of people were killed and so on. And it's a long continuing struggle. I mean, Election Day was just one day in the midst of an ongoing struggle and if the government is not doing what you want, you know, you throw them out, you do it in some other way. Well, that requires, you know, a memory; it requires, you know, you have to know what struggle is.

Here, one of the great successes of American sort of ruling institutions in ideology is that it's kind of disaggregated people. They're atomized, you know, and there's very little memory. So, every time a group of students gets involved in a protest, it's from the beginning. You know, there's no memory of how you did it before. Nobody remembers how to, you know, organize or put out leaflets, where do you go and so on. Oh yeah, and if you think about the, so take the New Deal, which made real achievements, but you know, one of the reasons was that there was a core part of it that did have this kind of institutional memory. We're not supposed to talk about it. But the fact is that the Communist part, whatever you think about it, was always there. They were there if there was a civil rights struggle, an imperial struggle also, you know, a lot of rotten things - but they were there and there was somebody around who remembered how to run a mimeograph machine and knew how to get organized to do things. I mean, that's why these Communist cells, for example, tended often to take over movements. They, maybe not the small minority, but they kind of knew what they were doing.

And that's lacking here and so, it's a part of the social doctrinal policy which is sort of directed to destroying this. The attack on unions is a case in point. You don't want unions because they do have this kind of memory. They're democratizing forces. They bring people together and so on. So, break them up; break everything up and, you know, start everything from fresh. That's why a lot of the activism in the United States comes from churches because they're there, you know, and somebody remembers everything the last time.

And so, it's been a real success - one of the great business successes in the United States - to break down organization, to separate people too: it's part of consumerism. If you can drive people toward individual consumption, that's the highest goal in life. And furthermore, drive them into debt so they're trapped. You don't have to worry about a democracy function because people are trapped and they're alone. Like maybe 70 percent of the population thought the war was fundamentally wrong and immoral, but then you don't have any idea how to do anything about it. I mean, this shows up in pretty striking ways. For example, I don't remember the exact figures, but a pretty substantial part of the population, you know, like maybe a third or some more think that the Bush administration had some responsibility for 9/11. That's a pretty striking fact. I mean, here is a big part of the population thinking the government is a gang of mass murderers who are trying to kill Americans. And do they do anything about it? I mean, does it even occur to them to do anything about it? You know, like do they even march on Washington and storm the White House and take the guys out?

So, we're run by a bunch of mass murderers who want to kill us all. Let's go onto the next television program. You know, that's, I mean, this sense of a kind of infancy: I can't do anything; it's all out there; I'm just a victim,. It is a pretty striking victory of the strongly anti-democratic forces that essentially run things. And the anti-democratic commitments are very explicit. They're not hidden among the liberals too. Actually, the country was founded that way, after all. You know, Madison's view was essentially that the most powerful force in the country ought to be the Senate, not the Legislative branch because it is sometimes said that the Senate and not the House because the Senate piece of it is composed of the wealth of the nation, the most responsible group of men, those who have respect for property and so on. So, they're the ones who really ought to be in charge. In fact, if you take a look at the framing of the Constitution, you know, it's basically the powers, the executive who was supposed to be like an administrator. And the House of Representatives, which is more responsive to the population, was marginalized. They're the danger. But the Senate is the solid core of, you know, the wealthy and the responsible. And, you know, there have been battles about this throughout American history and over time things have surely changed, but the basic thesis is pretty well predominant in liberal intellectual circles as well.

I mean, probably the most striking case and the most important one is the leading public intellectual of the 20thh century in the United States, Walter Lippmann, who was, you know, the kind of archetypal wise man. He also, was a progressive, you know, a Wilson, Roosevelt, progressive. He wrote an order called progressive essays on democracy. And they're very explicit. He's writing from the kind of liberal progressive end of the spectrum. He says the population has to be kept out of the political arena. They're too stupid and ignorant. They're what he called ignorant and meddlesome outsiders. That's the population. Democracy will function only if it's in the hands of the responsible men, people like me, you know, whatever he writes about this is always part of it. And we have to be protected from the trampling and the roar of the bewildered herd and how do we do this? Well, he was the one who invented the phrase "manufacturer of consent." He said we can't do it by force, you know, too many, too much freedom.

So, we have to manufacture consent, the public relations industry which developed at approximately the same time - the 1920s - its leading figure was another liberal progressive, Edward Bernays, and he said that the real function of the public relations industry is engineering of consent which is necessary to make sure that the intelligent minority runs things and not the mass of people out there. They have to be spectators, not participants, kind of not unlike the Bolivian peasants who want to be participants, not spectators. And, you know, this is the liberal end, you know. If you go over to the right, of course, it may be more extreme. I'm not sure even. But these are dominant concepts and you can understand them. That's what you'd expect an elite opinion to believe and be committed to and certainly those who concentrate power in their hands, like let's say corporate executives and so on. So, it's a natural ideology. It goes back to the founding of the country. The population may not like it and they do struggle against it and you get progress coming out of this conflict.

But so, for example, take just the extension of the franchise, that's important, you know, the franchise back in the early days of the republic was extremely limited. White propertied males, you know, pretty much. That's still substantially true, but not anywhere near like it was then. So, women were allowed to right to the vote, incidentally, a year after it was permitted in Afghanistan. So, it's not exactly a magnificent breakthrough, but yeah, it finally happened. Maybe the Afghans can teach us something about democracy. It has happened, but the effort to try to beat it back is constant and understandable. So, there's a constant tension about it. You can see it in today's meetings in the Senate.

So, the big domestic issue is healthcare. It has been for decades. The healthcare system is a catastrophe. There is a Senate committee, Max Baucus' committee, dealing with it, the finance committee. There was a pretty dramatic incident a couple of weeks ago. But the large majority of the population wants a single-payer plan and has for decades. But that's kind of like off the agenda because the insurance industry is opposed and the pharmaceutical industry is opposed and so on. And the way the liberal press has described this, like the New York Times, is well kind of an interesting idea, but politically impossible. It lacks political support - meaning just the majority of the population. But that's not political support.

So, there was a hearing and I think every witness was coming either from the drug companies or the insurance companies or someone. But there were doctors and nurses in the audience. And some of them stood up in the audience and said something about the, why isn't anyone testifying for a single-payer plan which doctors want, nurses want, the public wants and so on. But first, they were just ridiculed by the senators. But then the chair called the police and dragged them out. This happens to have been filmed on C-Span. So, people can see it if they want. I don't think it was reported, at least I didn't see any report on it. But it's a pretty striking example of the way democracy functions in reality. And the principal position of, you know, liberals of the Lippmann variety would be yeah, that's what it should be. The ignorant meddlesome outsiders have no right to be heard. We have to be protected from them. They can be spectators, like they can sit in the Senate chamber, but they can't be participants. They cannot testify in favor of what the majority of the populations wants because the people that matter, like the financial institutions and the pharmaceutical corporations, they don't want it.”


To be continued…



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Day 416: Survival Strategies of the Dynamic Human System -->



This post is a continuation from:
Day 414: Freud, Sidman and the Bewildered Herd
Day 415: Introduction to the Bewildered Herd and Coercive Control

Which is also part of a larger series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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Here in this post I will begin the process of taking what was shared in both passages from Day 414 and Day 415 and will go into the details of these passages to expand and share perspective on particular points more specifically pertaining to this notion of the ‘bewildered herd’ - which is essentially who we have allowed ourselves to become as human beings, transfixed by our mind, marinating in pretty much an all-pervasive paranoid state of survival wherein we allow ourselves to be/become highly susceptible to coercive control in ALL dimensions, both internally and externally, as an inseparably entangled relationship.

First let’s look at this statement from Day 414:

“To say that all neurosis and mental illness is avoidance behavior would dangerously simplify those problems. Neither term, neurosis or mental illness, signifies a single disease; no ‘magic bullet’ will ever cure all instances. The origins of ‘sick behavior,’ and the factors that keep it going differ from person to person. Body chemistry, inheritance, and behavioral histories all may be involved.” (149) ~ [*] Murray Sidman, excerpt from his book Coercion and Its Fallout


This is an important point to grasp in terms of realizing that the factors that keep this ‘sick behavior’ that we exhibit as human beings intact is dynamic in the sense that we are not linear systems but each of us are extensively complex, non-linear and multidimensional in terms of all the influences, elements and variables which have an effect on who we are in any given moment as the thoughts we think, the experiences we have, and the behaviors we exhibit which certainly relate to electrochemical communications within our physical body among various other physiological mechanisms – and how all of this relates to the past as what we experienced BEFORE the single moment even arose. It is not a ‘cut and dry’ situation that any sort of ‘magic pill’ can cure, but something that must be assessed very specifically and considerately - something that most human beings obviously have no interest in cultivating whatsoever.

All too often in the Psychology/Psychiatry community there is this drive to find magical ‘solutions’ which, when not taking the dynamical system of the human being nor the dynamical system of this existence as a whole equally into consideration, actually only serve to create far more consequences as problems than any sort of so-called ‘solutions.’ Thus this approach has proven to be, as Sidman notes, nothing short of dangerous.

Because we do not understand ourselves, especially in terms of all of these dynamics, as we have no direct relationship with or access to each of the multitudinous parts of ourselves, most of which are unconscious in that we have no clue they exist and how much they direct our every breath - we do indeed exist in a constant state of ‘disarray’ or stress within ourselves and thus within this world. Yet, we do a seemingly good job of making it appear as though we have ‘everything under control’ which mainly comes through a highly sophisticated implementation of coercive control where we make up fictitious stories about ourselves and this world in how we think/believe/perceive things function – and this come to be filtered through a massive system of defense mechanisms and coping tactics that we have developed mainly through observing our environment as we grew and matured, as well as being taught/trained how to cope and how to submit to what is here. Thus, over time, we accumulated this enormous arsenal of strategies to survive and what to ‘look out for’ in our environment that might be threatening to our survival.

Now, some may call this ‘human nature’ – however, what is to be realized is that this behavior is not innate in that we certainly have the ability to change. Currently, and throughout all of time actually, we have merely decided to adapt to these conditions without question, which is why we have been existing within the statement: ‘survival of the barely adequate’ NOT ‘survival of the fittest’ – we have not yet become fit, we have not yet become adequate, we have not yet even scratched the surface of our fullest potential - we have only just barely squeaked by, and we’re now at the point where even this half-assedness is being threatened to an extensive degree as the consequence of mediocrity has become a threat in itself.

Will we heed the call that requires us to step beyond our inadequacies to embrace what lies beyond the lies as stories we have told ourselves and our children which do not align to reality but only justify our limitations and delusions?

That is a decision that each one will require making for oneself with whatever miniscule morsels of ‘choice’ and ‘integrity’ one may be able to scrape together. It can be done, but will it be done? That is the real question.


For more explorations and expansions into what has been shared here, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post…



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Postby Lindsay » 05 Jun 2013, 05:49

Day 417: The Story of our Struggle --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... uggle.html

This post is a continuation from:
Day 414: Freud, Sidman and the Bewildered Herd
Day 415: Introduction to the Bewildered Herd and Coercive Control
Day 416: Survival Strategies of the Dynamic Human System

Which is also part of a larger series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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This post is specifically drawing from and expanding on the Noam Chomsky article that I placed on Day 415, while also continuing with the points that were shared in yesterday’s post – thus, if you haven’t read these articles/posts yet, suggest doing so to familiarize yourself with the context.

When I mentioned in yesterday’s post that our so-called ‘human nature’ is not innate in that we are able to change, what is to be realized is that, as Chomsky mentions with regards to social change: “it’s a long-term thing. You don’t do it in a minute.” Indeed, and this same point must be applied not only to social change but self-change as the two are one and the same – meaning, we CANNOT have one without the other. We cannot claim to have changed ourselves if we have not simultaneously changed this system. We cannot claim to be changing this system if we are not simultaneously changing ourselves. This is an important point to recognize when investigating history and how no social movement has ever manifested lasting change that has actually corrected, absolutely, the ills of this world - because we keep missing the origin point of these issues, which is ourselves.

Thus, if we are not willing to make a fundamental change within ourselves FIRST, in recognition that this is a long-term commitment to change in every way that we see clearly will take time, effort, consistency, dedication and steadfastness – then ALL of our attempts at social change will be completely and utterly in vain; as they currently are and have always been.

Such are the dynamics that must be incorporated on all levels, on all dimensions, because it is through this very action that we are able to bring all points HERE to this ONE dimension. At the moment we are still splintered, we are still trapped in self-paranoia, because we want change yet we do not want to move beyond our wants to let go of our perceived comforts and propensity to prefer all things FAST. Such is the culture that we have created in our image and likeliness, which we continue to propagate through our daily actions. And so we readily give up on ourselves and thus each other to instead chase after our selfish desires, which aren’t even ‘our’ selfish desires but merely the story we tell ourselves about what we apparently want, what we believe we desire and need because that’s what we’ve read in other stories written by people who had stories in their head, and we also were told more stories by story-heads that said this and that is what we should want and desire – yet it is just a program, a script, a system that exists within us through which we attempt to ‘explain’ ourselves; through which we attempt to validate ourselves. It is all fueled by paranoia as we are petrified of what will happen when the story ends.

To let go of the story is too unsettling and frightening for us, because who are we if we aren’t this story? Who are we if we cannot explain, or make bullshit up about, our experiences – experiences which we do not at all understand in any sort of meaningful way?

We are so caught in the energetic rush of it all that we do not care to understand who we are, only when we are in great trouble do we maybe start to wonder – what is happening? What is this all about?! But as soon as things get ‘right’ again, we slip back into our self-induced amnesic state of denial, as hand to glove. What struggle? Life is grand!

As Chomsky mentions – to understand what struggle even is in the first place we must first have a memory, in terms of remembering our history, remembering where we came from and how through this what is here has manifested as it has. Our memory is highly selective and tends to hone in on only that which suites our self-interest and perceived survival needs, and because we do not push ourselves to really go deep with investigating the nature of struggle in every way and how it manifests both within ourselves as well as this world, we go out into this world as ‘protestors’ and we struggle against ourselves because we have allowed ourselves to forget that we’ve done all this struggling before and nothing came of it, because we are the IT that is missing from the struggle.

It is through understanding who we are, as our his-story and her-story, as these stories that we have told to ourselves and each other throughout time that have manifested great struggles for ourselves and our fellow beings on this planet – it is through understanding these stories in a practical way that we are able to really get to know ourselves; and this knowledge is indeed power when put into practical application because we can actually stop writing this abusive script when we realize we are the writers that must take this one life we have into our own hands.

We therefore have the power to re-write history, which is what we do in these blogs. This is the journey to life. We are taking responsibility for our jaded memories one by one. We realize this is the long-haul. It won’t be done in a minute, nor a day, nor a year, but YEARS. But it is a decision that is made in a single moment. So we give ourselves the space to ‘come clean’ through purifying our words to make a statement that is clear – a statement that can be trusted as it is no longer charged with lies, with biases, with consumer fantasies, with deception and explanations to validate our emotions and lack of integrity. We write openly and stand as a group, as a union, to bring ourselves and each other back together again, to remind ourselves and each that we’ve been here before and the way we’re doing things has never worked. We’ve got to really change, stop repeating the past, stop living in a memory that we enslave ourselves to because we refuse to step out of the story, to end the struggle we wrote into our very flesh to such an extent that we have come to believe that to end the story is death…and it is, the death of that which was never life to begin with.


To be continued…



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Postby Lindsay » 06 Jun 2013, 05:30

Day 418: Consciousness and the Dynamics of Wisdom --> http://journey-of-lindsay.blogspot.com/ ... cs-of.html


This post is a continuation from:
Day 414: Freud, Sidman and the Bewildered Herd
Day 415: Introduction to the Bewildered Herd and Coercive Control
Day 416: Survival Strategies of the Dynamic Human System
Day 417: The Story of our Struggle

Which is also part of a larger series that can be accessed here.

For the purpose of context suggest reading the previous posts within this series, if you haven’t already.

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So again we are looking at the point of the ‘bewildered herd’ and how we have accepted this expression and behavior to be here in our name, as humanity. Here I am specifically referring to what was written on Day 414 as well as a particular portion of the interview with Noam Chomsky that I shared on Day 415:

“…I mean, probably the most striking case and the most important one is the leading public intellectual of the 20th century in the United States, Walter Lippmann, who was, you know, the kind of archetypal wise man...He says the population has to be kept out of the political arena. They're too stupid and ignorant. They're what he called ignorant and meddlesome outsiders. That's the population. Democracy will function only if it's in the hands of the responsible men, people like me, you know, whatever he writes about this is always part of it. And we have to be protected from the trampling and the roar of the bewildered herd and how do we do this? Well, he was the one who invented the phrase "manufacturer of consent." He said we can't do it by force, you know, too many, too much freedom.

So, we have to manufacture consent, the public relations industry which developed at approximately the same time - the 1920s - its leading figure was another liberal progressive, Edward Bernays, and he said that the real function of the public relations industry is engineering of consent which is necessary to make sure that the intelligent minority runs things and not the mass of people out there. They have to be spectators, not participants…But these are dominant concepts and you can understand them. That's what you'd expect an elite opinion to believe and be committed to and certainly those who concentrate power in their hands, like let's say corporate executives and so on. So, it's a natural ideology. It goes back to the founding of the country…”(source)


What’s fascinating, which also brings in what was written out on Day 416 in relation to the dynamical systems that we are comprised of both internally and externally in every way – is to consider all the factors, all the dynamics, all the influences, all the variables and context that required to be in place for someone like Walter Lippmann to even exist; to even come to the point of expressing the words that fell from his lips in terms of the apparent necessity to have the stupid and ignorant population kept out of the political arena. Because Lippmann was merely a voice speaking on behalf of the program/system that was already here when he was born into this world. He was born into a family that was trained in a particular way thus cyclically and seamlessly trained him in this particular way, to have particular thoughts and views of himself, others and the world; and he was obviously born into a family with money and a notion of privilege and elitism which fostered such an outlook – as Chomsky noted, ‘that’s what you’d expect an elite opinion to believe and be committed to.’

For Lippmann to become the ‘kind of archetypal wise man’ was for him to become ‘wise’ to the system that was already running, to thus learn how to manipulate what was already here to benefit and so perpetuate his position, as well as the positions of his pals, as elite figures with the perceived power and authority to control the lives of other ‘lesser beings’ because the so-called ‘bewildered herd’ as ‘the ignorant masses’ were too clumsy and confused to make rational decisions themselves. Wisdom within this system has no actual merit whatsoever within the context of integrity and a real consideration for this planet’s inhabitants. Wisdom, as it currently stands, serves only to justify inequality and keep the wheels of disparity in motion, as we can blatantly see within the passage above.

If Lippmann really was a ‘wise man’ in the sense of consideration, in the sense of TRUE responsibility, he would have perhaps asked why we have such a mass of people that are neither active nor involved in the political arena – meaning, why are these mass of people not involved in their own lives?! What has created such a disconnection? He may have genuinely asked why the average person is not politically engaged when it is the political system that directly affects one’s life and ability to function and participate in one’s environment and community effectively and with a sense of dignity. He would have perhaps investigated what kinds of solutions could be implemented to solve the problem, that being that the majority of the population being clearly misinformed and unaware of the political process and how it works which has manifested a great deal of suffering in this world as a whole, as a consequence.

These kinds of questions, though, are not asked by this system’s ‘wise men’ – so-called wise men do not ask the why’s – the wise man only asks: how can I benefit the most?

This can all be studied and researched further in the lengthy documentary that, with great depth and specificity, takes on the very points discussed in the passage above: The Century of the Self – which really exposes the history of our paranoia and how no one is exempt from paranoia, in that the elite were just as paranoid as the ‘ignorant masses’ thus just as ignorant and so just as much part of the bewildered herd as the rest, they just had the excessive amounts money to further develop their illusion of control to a more extravagant degree. Yet, they too did not and do not understand the nature of their very own selves, as their very own experiences, and thus all these experiences that were arising within them – all the experiences that were being herded inside their mind – aided in the entire perpetuation and so protection, on all fronts, of bewilderment, delusion, panic, disorientation and an overall distrust of all things which we still can see running rampant today.

Because no one has been wise enough to really get to know themselves, we have tricked ourselves instead – we have both manufactured and engineered our own consent to have consciousness reign as the actual all-powerful authority without question. We are always ready with some sort of explanation to justify CONsciousness, refusing to see that we’re being CONNED. Brilliant! Lippmann and Bernays spoke the programmed words of consciousness as puppets used to preserve enslavement to our minds - a fantastically and diabolically delightful scheme that only a master-mind could create.

To be continued…




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