We live in hard times both as Americans and as human beings. Our world is falling apart, largely thanks to the corruption and ambitions of a few individuals who have no desire but to see us enslaved to them through some vague common action and manipulated through a few choice words. Their intents are clear; their objectives are becoming more easily understood. Luckily, history shows that when the weight of corruption becomes too much on a society that old world falls apart and something new and pure takes its place. We live in a time, where we feel the world is coming to an end, but this is not speaking of the physical world for it will remain but what will be coming to an end are our old understandings of the world and society we live in. If you wish to know where we as a species are going than the word “transitioning” would describe what is occurring.
II. Raise Awareness of the Old World
We must begin to become aware of the problems we face if we are to begin the process of truly breaking free. To begin I must say that the Western World has for the most part been distracted by various mediums which have only emphasized superficial concerns over our more pressing issues. We must become aware of the various illusions which have been set before us that seem to give an impression that everything is fine, when in fact everything is not fine for everything is being destroyed. Finally, we must admit that we are being influenced by the Court of Special Interests who would want to maintain their stranglehold over us through Distractions and Illusions.
When you turn on the TV what does the TV emphasize, what is its focus? When you listen to the radio why is it that the radio emphasizes what it emphasizes? I am not talking about the news so much as I am talking about our entertainment whether it be the music we listen to, the movies we watch, the various reality shows that are out there even when these shows are so far outside the reality of the truth of our situation. So what does the media reinforce in our society as something that is popular? Our entertainment industry regardless of what form it comes in has put the emphasis on the following:
Beauty, not the true kind, but the outer appearance is emphasized, in effect emphasizing superficiality. Sexual Prowess, everywhere you go in our society it needs to relate to the pleasures of sex, in effect emphasizing our more animalistic nature which is impulsive and emotional. Personal Gain, not the gain of intellectual or spiritual experiences and treasures but rather physical and material gain, in effect emphasizing our desires for extravagance and trivial things.
Now these things exist, so I cannot deny their existence nor deny that they have no value, everything that exist has its own level of value, if they did not exist than it did not have value. So I will not be an extremist and say “we need to get rid of appearance, sex, the trivial or materialistic mindset.” After all we use these things in some degree or another to help give definition to who we are especially in America. However, when one peels away at this we see that these things are merely distractions. Their value has been over-hyped to keep the populace focused on things outside of themselves and keep society in a perpetual chase towards a perfection of the superficial desires. The idea that we must be as attractive as possible is born from such a distraction, the idea that we must have the mansions and sports cars and focus upon our material possessions is a distraction! So, what is it we are being distracted from?
We are being distracted from reality, we are being distracted from the things that are opposite of that which we have been trained to put emphasis on. Obviously, when you distract someone you have a reason to do so, there is intent to do so. Why put emphasis on outer appearance? The only reason is to distract you from your inner life, which is what you really are; deep down within you there is some portion of your being which is screaming saying you are living a life that is not genuine. Why place emphasis on sexual prowess and lower more animalistic tendencies? The only reason is to distract you from your higher faculties that would help you live a more genuine life that is meant to empower you and liberate you. Finally why place emphasis on materialistic desires and goals? The point would be to distract you from goals that are meant to uplift you and increase your own inner awareness of who you are and what you really want, if you are broken and divided against yourself,in your mind, then you do not know what you really want and you will be fooled by used car salesman and people of that nature.
This much is true we have been lied to. The society emphasizes things that are false in order to make us live in a false reality, a matrix of sorts. If one were to understand the idea of breaking out of the matrix they would see the world as if on a mountaintop, they are above the world and are able to see that everyone else acts in very predictable manners, they are stuck in the matrix of thinking that is the routine, nothing more than a vicious cycle, and when we wonder why the poor suffer or why wars never end it is because we are stuck in the matrix of repetition and routine.
Our nation was founded in the new world or as it was called at the time. This new world is meant to hold in it novelty. What we have gotten out of it is the desire for independence and freedom for each individual to forge its own path. Yet we still seem to worship the old human ideas of materialism and consumerism. In America we use our money as an indicator of our self worth. These ideas, because they are old, do not truly serve the new world in a way it should, they distract us. Now am I saying that owning things is bad, that it’s not American? No of course not, what I am saying though is that in America when we see a poor person we think that their poorness is from a series of misfortunes.
However, it may not ever occur to us that some people may not mind having much, their poorness was their intent. Perhaps there is something we can learn as Americans the idea that less is more, that quality and not quantity is something we should desire. I mean after all most Americans think that the idea is to make as much money as possible but do not realize that if our money was backed by gold and silver not by “the faith of the American people” perhaps than it would not take much money for us to be happy. Our currencies quality would be backed by its soundness. Likewise, if we did not desire to have big homes, sports cars among other extravagant things perhaps we would not be in such a large amount of debt and actually be able to save our money.
In our society we have come to the belief that the individual is first and foremost important, that the individual must be allowed to grow and expand. In order for this to occur we must be allowed independence to allow this growth to take place. This would be a true argument in and of itself. Each individual would be unique and different. However you look at our society for what it really is and throughout the land of individuality and diversity all I have come to see is collectivism and conformity to uniformity.
In other words even though we may dress different and look different we have all conformed to thinking the same way. We value whatever the Television and Radio tell us to value, we think, dress, eat, and do whatever these things tell us to do. But what if these things are hijacked, in order to undermine society, would we even be aware? Here is the irony it is corporations that decide these things, so what we are conditioned to accept is the corporate definition of individualism which is a farce on individualism because corporate culture is about collectivism, a hierarchy of rulers where we trust the owner to do the right thing but if we dissent or undermine the owners and higher-ups we find ourselves on the chopping block for next month’s lay-offs and terminations.
So since the corporations control the airwaves for the most part and most people listen to mass media they will walk away with an opinion that is biased, because the corporation who stands to profit from an event they are reporting will surely make the news highly subjective in order to make their profitable point of view heard and then you are left with a highly biased worldview, whether or not you are aware of it.
As I had said early all our society cares about is appearances’ but, when it comes to actually something substantial they act like a tape recorder, simply replaying the opinions and information that was given to them, is this really an informed citizen or a sad excuse for an informed citizen? That is the problem with our society we lack substance, we think our substance is only about our outer lifestyle, but in our lives we lack much, we lack knowledge, wisdom, power, and life, in effect we are not truly happy nor are we truly free. We do not know much, we are like children who need someone to direct us. But if we are free we would need to be mature enough to handle that freedom, but our nation is mostly a nation of children so we are not truly free.
That brings me to my last point concerning illusions, that we only have the illusion of being free, whether in thought, conscious or life. We are not free; we conform to the uniformity of the corporate airwaves. I have not seen anything new in nation for quite some time now, rather we are merely building upon the things we already know and understand. A sign of freedom being present is that there is originality, that there is innovation, and that there is growth. We on the other hand have nothing like that we have repetition and stagnation. Our ideas and our actions are the same our lives continue to repeat the same routine, we are not free. This is not to say that I do not mind repetition but as William Blake once said “I must Create a System, or be enslav’d by another Man’s; I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create.” When we are truly free than we create, we have novelty and all the things that I have said went into making a person free.
Court of Special Interests
The education system has failed us entirely, since the creation of The Department of Education our quality has declined and our overall intelligence has to. The private mind seeks knowledge in order to exercise its own private judgment and intellectual authority. High literacy gave the individual the means to seek knowledge independently. It gave individuals the means to stand on their own two feet and think for themselves. This was detrimental to the “social spirit” needed to bring about a collectivist society. Our literacy rate has declined as well as I am sure most readers are aware of how bad the literacy situation has become.
Without a proper education whether one from a parent or from a school the child is subject to being stupefied and lied to. Especially when the emphasis is placed on very distractive values set by society. The child is almost thrown into group think from a young age, and without the ability to be critical and express one’s own individuality from a young age they will almost certainly be damaged for life, unless they are educated as to how they might overcome crutches forced upon them during their youth.
According to RitalinAddiction.com there are 11 million people prescribed Ritalin each year. According to an article written in 2000 by education-world.com production of Adderall and Dexedrine, also used to treat ADHD, has risen 2,000 percent in nine years. The rise of ADHD has also increased substantially since the year 2000, in effect leading to more prescriptions for the treatment of ADD and ADHD. Ritalin, Adderall, and Dexedrine are stimulants which are known for significantly increases levels of dopamine in the brain, thereby stimulating attention and motivational circuits that enhance one’s ability to focus and complete tasks.
However, what if the child is not to blame for lacking sufficient attention? We blame a child because their ability to pay attention is impaired, but let us be honest with ourselves it would be nice to be able from time to time to get unfocused from a world that overrides the mind with stimulation and subliminal messages. We are bombarded from a day to day basis since before we could remember with society’s stimuli. The things are TV, The Music we hear and the people we meet who have also been hypnotized by these messages all serve to bring us into conformity with what the world demands. So those children and even adults who are unable to “Pay Attention” are punished by being drugged under the guise of course of being taken care of.
The next issue is my favorite issue, its called anti-depressants. I find that I am able to say a lot about it because; it is the perfect representation of our society’s detachment with reality. I am anticipating the day when “Soma” will be discovered, oh how the slaves will rejoice with their slave masters. According to an Article from CNN of the 2.4 billion prescriptions in 2005, 118 million were for antidepressants.
Now, it may seem like a rather small percentage I mean 118 million from 2.4 billion is only at best 5% of the medicated populace. However, assuming that one anti-depressant goes for each person that is a little less than half the country under happy pills. Now anti-depressants work by preventing the reuptake of one neurotransmitter, serotonin, by nerve cells after it has been released. Since uptake is an important mechanism for removing released neurotransmitters and terminating their actions on adjacent nerves, the reduced uptake caused by an anti-depressant such as (fluoxetine) AKA Prozac increases free serotonin that stimulates nerve cells in the brain. Serotonin is of course the main chemical within the brain that is responsible for ones mood and in effect one’s thoughts and feelings.
Here lies the problem of our society, we want to be happy and prosperous but when life rears its realities on us we seem to want to escape the situation it is rather sad. People rather than embracing the reality would rather medicate themselves back into a drug-induced dream world that makes one thing that everything is fine even though the world is falling apart. This reminds me of the Soma Drug from Brave New World or Substance D from A Scanner Darkly. Soma made people feel elated and happy in an almost ecstatic state of mind, they were given the pills whenever reality showed itself so that the populace may escape it, whenever something negative occurred they popped in their mouth something to cheer them up again.
Substance D was a drug that overtime with the continued use of that drug made a person live two separate lives without even noticing it, in psychiatric terms Folie à deux translated, “a madness shared by two” is a rare psychiatric syndrome in which a symptom of psychosis (particularly a paranoid or delusional belief) is transmitted from one individual to another. However, according to Substance D from the plot of A Scanner Darkly the two individuals are really one.
This should not be taken literally, rather a metaphor for the dangers of a medicated society. If America was truly free as it says it is than why on earth would so many people need a fix to solve their problems? This is the legitimate drugging of the American populace, it would seem like as if it is a brand of mass mind control, to break the individual through drugs, in particular drugs that effect their mood.
The final situation is one that also represents our societies desire of superficial things, the medication I speak of is diet pills. According to something-fishy.org diet pills range from common over the counter appetite suppressants such as phenylpropanolamine, caffeine pills and ephedrine hydrochloride (ephedrine is not an appetite suppressant, though often misused as one – commonly referred to as “white crosses” or “mini thins”) to prescription medications like Redux and Phen/Fen. There are a wide variety of diet pills on the market that are available, many of them have addictive qualities, and some even contain small amounts of laxative. In fact the diet industry in collusion with the diet pills therein is a multi-billion dollar business annually.
Diet pills, both over-the-counter and prescription, (as recommended, continuously, or in excess) can cause the following: nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, high blood pressure, fatigue and hyperactivity, heart arrhythmias and palpitations, congestive heart failure or heart attack, stroke, headaches, dry mouth, vomiting and diarrhea or constipation, intestinal disturbances, tightness in chest, tingling in extremities, excessive perspiration, dizziness, disruption in menstrual cycle, change in sex drive, hair loss, blurred vision, fever and urinary tract problems. Overdoses can cause tremors, confusion, hallucinations, shallow breathing, renal failure, heart attack and convulsions.
Caffeine pills and/or Ephedrine Hydrochloride should never be taken for weight control, and should not be taken continuously. Ephedrine is a medication used occasionally to treat asthma, but more commonly allergies and hay fever – it is a bronchial dilator. Both can cause all the side effects as diet pills, with an increased risk of addiction (both physical and psychological), headaches, high blood pressure and heart palpitations and arrhythmias, including heart attack. Ephedrine use can contribute to psychosis, anxiety and depression.
I just want to place emphasis on depression which I happen to find very ironic. We think if we lose weight than we would be happy, although we really do not think so we are told this by the media, whether on TV or the radio. Nonetheless we have this thought process whether imbedded in us or arising from our mind on our own and one takes these pills whose risks far outweigh the benefits and then when something terrible happens to us we are back and depressed all over again. Where is the happiness in this, if you are only going to be disappointed in the end and where the only thing that gotten lighter was your wallet/purse?
So I hope I have made you aware now that you are not really individuals anymore and your independence has really been replaced by dependency only to play a mean game of semantics and call all your dependencies – independence. Such action is absolutely Orwellian, we know this better as doublethink, in which one holds two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. It is doublespeaks in that words, which not only had in every case a political implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them. So in a sense making the person think they are free, even though they are actually enslaved.
How independent do you think you are if you are un-educated and ill-informed? The answer is clear you are not, and the situation is even worse if you listen to the bias that comes from the corporate media point of view, without having the capability of being critical of it. How independent do you think you are if you are medicated and live a reality that is not true, that is unreal? The answer is clear you are not independent and you are not aware of your freedom, what makes this worst is if you think that the distractions and the illusions are good for you. We must become aware that we are being deceived and brought down to be handled by those who provide for us. It is time to throw off this old world but how? That is the question we must ask ourselves.