You can ignore reality if you want, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
The evil you so criticize in the world is actually coming from the things you’ve placed your trust in. However, that doesn’t mean you should be paranoid and trust no-one, but it has to be said that you lack the maturity to even know what to put any trust in at all.
– The Greek
Malevolence is an unchanging feature of human life. With countless opportunities in the world for people to indulge their vices, mankind’s complicity with evil can be seen all around us, in the plotting of said evil, the carrying out of schemes, people delighting in inflicting pain on others and those who masquerade their evil intent as good. However, in the face of this pervasive malignancy, the general public continues to go about their business in the most prosaic manner, as if nothing were the matter, unable to see into the true nature of the systems they have acquiesced to. Because the models of reality they operate under are propped up by society’s most trusted institutions and traditions, the unaware every-man is able to soothe whatever unease is created by the system’s contradictions. But even as society’s disquietude is forcibly pacified, there still exists an unspoken, yet widely-known concession: it can be clearly seen that something problematic and paradoxical is afoot with the world. Things are happening socially, culturally and politically that fall outside the customary bounds of harmony and accord, and though the cause is said to be unknown, the effects are plain and visible to everyone. However, because this anomaly is acknowledged, and yet remains unchallenged in any measure sufficient to upset it, one must also acknowledge that the general public has, in their negligence and willful blindness, voluntarily abandoned a portion of their responsibility to unearth the truth about the current state of affairs.
People have been born into a world where nothing is harder to achieve, where perhaps nothing is more confusing and shrouded in paradox than the idea of understanding the truth. Furthermore, in an uncertain society where people grasp for straws to hold together their images of reality, there is hardly any body of knowledge that has shown itself to be a reliable measure of such truth. Neither the teachings of religions, nor the narratives offered by the media, nor Western educational institutions have been able to impart a satisfactory understanding of the puzzles and contradictions present in society. And with such organizations having had a stranglehold over the West for centuries, the prospect for answers seems as bleak as ever, even as many people experience the world as becoming more inexplicable. In fact, when we worry that something has gone awry in the world, we are merely getting a glimpse of a dysfunction that is actually normal, and has always been normal, but has merely been papered over with careful management. Upon glimpsing the cracks within this wallpaper, one suddenly has to contend with the suspicion that what they’ve been told about how the world works is not actually how it works; that there is a difference between the “official” story and the “actual” story. But without the facade of something familiar in front of it, the actual story remains an unintelligible garble of distant facts – an otherness so foreign so as to be counter-intuitive. Faced with such a conundrum, simply going about one’s daily business is no longer an uncomplicated process, as you find yourself suspended between two parallel realities: one hidden but real, the other visible but false. In one, the symbols and milieu of your life have been deliberately constructed to make you believe in the systems put forth by the world, and in the other, one cannot help but feel that the claims and assertions of those same systems do not match up with the observable actuality. There is something too contrived about it all – too dissonant, too incongruous, too controlling.
Most people just live their lives reacting to the forces that impact upon them, unaware that there are entire facets of modern society that are meant to influence their actions and beliefs, starting with their parents, and moving on to their schools, media, hospitals, banks and courts, all of which work diligently to create a tier of reality colloquially known as “the mainstream”, where everything runs on the plausible deniability of what “everyone knows”. That is to say, the stock conventions about reality, however conflicting they may seem. Here are but a few: Politicians may continually show themselves to be incompetent and corrupt, but are essentially committed to the democratic ideals we all believe in. Courts are painfully bureaucratic and prejudiced, with private attorneys costing a fortune, but ultimately both claim to be devoted to the carrying out of Justice (although private law firms are more than happy to work just for your money). The police are unequivocally derided as brutal and heavy-handed in how they carry out their work, but are still an indispensable presence in society to protect from crime. The gulf between what you learn in school and actually use in the real world continues to widen, expeditiously, yet formal education is a mandatory and necessary aspect of childhood. Medical error is one of the leading causes of death in the world, yet narrowly-specialized doctors, many of whom act as apostles for the pharmaceutical industry, remain crucial and well-compensated, whilst their general practitioner counterparts make a comparatively meager salary, and those who practice non-allopathic medicine are not even considered actual doctors. Society works very hard to maintain this tiered reality; one where “everyone knows” how the world works and complies accordingly with the prevailing order, and another which, though it may represent a glaring breach of that presumed order, seems more primary and overriding than the first.
Through-out history, much has been said and written about the nature and purpose of propaganda, from carved reliefs of ancient Assyrian kings that exaggerated their victories, to the infamous “Torches Of Freedom” cigarette campaigns of Edward Bernays in 1929, to the current-day polemic against “fake news”. Such falsification of information has been a millennia-old means of divesting the general public of any accurate view of things. However, what is remarked upon less is the censorship required to enact that propaganda in the first place. Without some form of censorship, propaganda, in the strict sense of the word, would be impossible. In order to carry out a successful disinformation campaign, there must first be some barrier between the public and whatever event you wish to obscure. As such, access to accurate information must first be limited, prior to the release of the disinformation. Hence the importance of a censorship that first disarms and blinds the masses, in order to set up the propaganda that is to follow. To solely speak about the latter, and ignore the former, would be imprudent, because it is the very atmosphere in which people move and breathe that deprives them of the perception needed to recognize their predicament. It is the conditions created by an unyielding censorship that nullify much public debate about right or wrong, or any other considerations that might have been able to sway the course of things. With the people’s awareness having been blunted by this censorship, questions of morality, justice and professional ethics can seem trivial, as hinted by a widespread case of political inefficacy, proxy wars, religious tensions, ideological failures of both the Left and Right, and the general state of unease that pervades society.
What happens when falsehoods have become so entrenched that speaking the truth sounds like a foreign language? When facts resonate so dissonantly with people that the ruling powers are forced to make exclusive use of lies to communicate with the masses? Such a situation has been staring the world in the face for many decades, and yet it could never have reached such a point without the support of society’s most venerated institutions, which, if measured even by their own standards of success, have shown themselves to be inept at best and malevolent at worst. This might seem like a grim view to take, but it is scarcely grimmer than the evidence which supports it; evidence which is routinely ignored by most. After all, people are already being told by their governments, media and even parents that the world is now an insecure, unsafe place. So when you tell them that even the institutions which they’ve been conditioned to place all of their trust in are actually worthless, or worse, malicious, the common response is to shut one’s eyes and ears to that. We’ve been taught that social institutions like courts, police, hospitals and schools are the High Churches of “reliable” authority, and if their priesthood of lawyers, doctors, officers and professors were to make statements or publish material supported by “society” , then they should be assumed correct. They have proved themselves worthy of such trust, and have cleared the requisite hurdles to put their words and ideas into mainstream circulation, even if the soundness of those ideas can challenged and debunked easily. It is not so much an earned right to steer public opinion as it is the right to brainwash us all.
Decades ago, when governments and captains of industry related to the public, it was common to hear discussed their great ambitions towards public works: extensive infrastructure projects, expanded and affordable educational bodies, the creation of the welfare state, etc. Such multi-generational ideas were expressed even amidst the Great Depression of the 30s, with a number of projects being initiated under the New Deal programs. The Great Society reforms of Lyndon Johnson reached for similarly lofty aspirations. In Europe after the 2nd World War, the Marshall Plan, created by the US federal government, initiated transnational infrastructure projects to the cost of hundreds of billions of dollars, which rebuilt several war-torn Western countries into the developed nations we see today. Even dating back to ancient times, temples like the Greek Parthenon were commissioned and paid for by the government of Athens. Built with limestone and marble to stand 45 feet high, and last for millennia, their longstanding ruins attest to the resolve of their creators, even in their current obsolescence. Fast forward to the 21st-century, where homes are being built with walls of compressed sawdust (plywood), billion dollar entertainment facades being erected out of mostly plastic and plexiglas (Disneyland), and even majestic skyscrapers having been insured with a life-expectancy of merely 20 years. The generational aspiration showcased in times past is long gone, along with the boldness of our public officials and major authorities, who have retracted from making statements about anything outside of a decade. Today’s politicians only know how to be reactionary, as events unfold that they have no suitable explanation for. Their unconvincing pretexts almost seem to take their source from a parallel reality, with the purpose of downplaying the severity of the current situation. Is this not the kind of thing many in the alternative media have made a living raving about for decades, albeit with an air of unhinged fervor? So is there really a conspiracy afoot? Yes, of course there is. Is it painstakingly obvious? Unquestionably so. But does it matter?….No, it doesn’t. Largely thanks to a widespread state of censorship and torpor among the world’s populations, the times may change but things essentially remain the same, which is why the major institutions and their elites can get away with even the most flagrant, bold-faced lie whilst surrounded by mountains of opposing evidence.
As the political, economic, cultural and moral absurdities of the West have become ever more standardized, there is something about the mere notion of “normal” that has not only become contestable, but laughable also. Within this concept can be detected an aberration, an irritant, which instills the suspicion that not only are “they” lying to you about everything; “they” have always been lying to you about everything. But because the contrast between what people accept as “normal”, and what is actually transpiring in the world is so divergent, one can hardly address the issue in a public forum without being derided as psychologically unhealthy by the compliant classes. For them, the current society is the only one that occupies the horizons of the thinkable: there simply is no alternative to “our” world, or at any rate, no real one. For the masses, the gulf between their censored reality and the one yet-to-be discovered is so interminable that the only thing left for them is continued conformity – or perhaps a new religion.
To truly address the dichotomy created by the two realities is no easy task, in large part because the problem must be grasped deep down into its roots. To merely grasp it near the surface, as many a dissenting media pundit or anti-capitalist chooses to do, is to accomplish very little; the problem simply remains what it always was. To actually uproot it involves beginning to think about reality in a new way, which is hard to do in a world where man, wherever he goes, encounters only himself. The modern age, with its unfettered mass media and fatuous popular culture, has led to a situation where people are all thinking the same range of thoughts, living by the standards of others and never really being themselves in the way they imagine. Those problems go hand-in-hand with the prevailing way of thought and expression. If people were to clothe themselves in a new form of thinking and communicating, the old problems would be discarded like old clothes. Such a mindset takes it roots in first acknowledging that the world is not constituted as we had supposed it to be. It isn’t that people need to learn more about science or geography, nor politics or activism. A child could be taught such things without affecting his level of maturity one bit. The essential discovery of maturity has little to do with acquiring a sequence of facts; rather it is the acquiring of a proper sense of life, a more accurate kind of intuition about the nature of things, which imparts the discernment to exercise proper judgement and carry out the required actions.
Has mankind always inhabited a world like the present, where so much of the general existence has the distinct veneer of being false, sometimes even detestable, yet has been accepted without a proportional cry of collective protest? A world where people settle for a level of ignorance and diversion that they can tolerate, and call it “happiness”? Yet this is a happiness much like that which belongs to the man with a toothache, who therefore thinks that happiness consists in simply not having any toothache. A lack of discomfort and blissful oblivion has come to suffice for most as their opium of choice, all whilst another reality continues to unfold around them, invisible to their gaze and indifferent to their unknowing, yet exerting an incessant control of their lives. How else could the very same people who are forcibly kept within what is essentially a shared simulation also be mundanely eating, playing, working, watching TV, going shopping and going to war, all whilst occasionally writing bestselling books and blockbuster movies about the very same simulated existence?
Greekspeek for thought
When you tell people that things are bad in the world, they just think of what they already know and imagine it in a worse condition. That’s not it. Things are worse than what you could imagine because of things you know nothing about.
How many academics have the balls to say the Egyptians didn’t build the pyramids? None. They just brush that conclusion aside, because if you start insisting to people that things aren’t as they’ve been told or as they presume, then the public might develop an attitude about having to poke around to educate themselves about things, and how are the authorities going to control you if you do that? So they leave it alone. They put out a presumption, let it fester in the public imagination, and now they have plausible deniability. “Everybody knows the Egyptians built the pyramids. Don’t be ridiculous….“
The contrast to what people think is going on and what’s really going on is so huge that you can’t talk about it publicly.
Go online and gather all the most vile, outlandish and incriminating conspiracy theories you can find. Reality is worse than that. It’s like the difference between the public Internet and the Dark Web.
It’s best that people don’t know how the world works, because if people really knew, they’d be like, “Why am I wasting my time on this bullshit profession or pastime when I could be doing something that really matters??“. Exactly. Just stay in your own delusion man.
If mankind isn’t destroyed by nuclear holocaust, they’ll be destroyed by cognitive dissonance because reality is so different from what they’ve been told.
This is a time of censorship, stupidity and evil. It’s a society where the underworld is primary, and what they call the “real world” is secondary.