You can ignore reality if you want, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
The evil you so criticize is actually coming from the things you placed your trust in. That doesn’t mean you should be paranoid and
trust no-one, but it must be said that you lack the maturity to know what to even trust at all.
– The Greek
Malevolence is an unchanging feature of human life. With countless opportunities to indulge their vices, mankind’s adherence to evil can be seen all around in the plotting of schemes, the hurting of others, and the constant masquerading of ill intent as good.
Yet the general public continues about their business as if nothing were the matter, unable to see into the true nature of the systems they’ve acquiesced to. When those systems give rise to contradictions and unease, people are soothed by the fact that their false models of reality are supported by society’s most trusted institutions and traditions. But even as this disquietude is pacified, there still exists an unspoken yet widely-known consensus: that something problematic and paradoxical is afoot with the world.
Things are happening socially, culturally and politically that fall outside the usual bounds of harmony, and though the cause is said to be unknown, the effects are plain and visible to everyone. However, because this anomaly is acknowledged yet goes largely unchallenged, one must conclude that the general public has, in their negligence, abandoned a portion of their responsibility to uncover the truth about their reality.
We exist in a world where nothing is harder to achieve, nor more shrouded in paradox, than understanding Truth. In a world where people struggle to make sense of their daily lives, there isn’t even a body of knowledge that acts as a reliable measure of this Truth. Neither religious teachings nor the mainstream media have been able to impart a satisfactory understanding of the present contradictions, and given their centuries-long stranglehold over the West, the prospect for answers seems as bleak as ever. But when we worry that something has gone awry in the world, we’re actually getting a glimpse of a dysfunction that is normal, and has always been normal, but has merely been papered over with careful management. Upon glimpsing the cracks in this wallpaper, one suddenly suspects 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 both unintelligible and counter-intuitive. When faced with such dissonance, simply going about one’s daily business is no longer easy, as you find yourself suspended between two parallel realities: one visible but false, and the other hidden but real. In one, much of life has been deliberately constructed to make you believe in the existing systems, and in the other, the claims of those same systems are suspiciously at odds with the observable facts. There is something too contrived about it all – too incongruous, too controlling.
Most people live their lives reacting to the forces that impact them, unaware that entire facets of modern society are meant to influence their actions and beliefs. Their parents, schools, government and media all work together to create a tier of reality known as “the mainstream” – a place where everything runs on the plausible deniability of what “everyone knows”. This refers to 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, yet both claim to be devoted to the carrying out of Justice. 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, yet formal education is a mandatory aspect of childhood. Medical error is one of the leading causes of death in the world, yet narrowly-specialized doctors remain crucial and well-compensated whilst their general practitioner counterparts make a comparatively meager salary. Additionally, 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 with the prevailing order, and another which, though a glaring breach of that order, seems more primary and overriding than the first.
Historically, much has been said about the nature of propaganda, from carved reliefs of Assyrian kings that exaggerated their victories to the infamous “Torches Of Freedom” cigarette campaigns in 1929 – the debate even continues today with the current polemics against “fake news”. Such falsification of information has been an age-old means of divesting people of accurate understanding, but what is remarked upon less is the subterfuge required to enact such propaganda in the first place. Without some form of subterfuge, propaganda 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. Hence the importance of a censorship that first disarms and blinds the masses to set up the propaganda that follows. To solely speak about the latter whilst ignoring the former would be imprudent – it’s the very atmosphere in which people move that deprives them of the perception needed to recognize their predicament. It’s the conditions created by an unyielding censorship that nullify much public debate about right or wrong, or any other considerations that could have swayed 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 widespread political inefficacy, religious tensions, ideological failures of both the Left and Right, and the general state of unease that pervades society.
What happens when falsehoods become so entrenched that speaking the truth sounds like a foreign language? Or when facts resonate so dissonantly that the ruling powers must lie when communicating with the masses? Such a situation has been staring the world in the face for many decades, yet could never have reached such a point without the complicity of society’s most venerated institutions, which if measured even by their own standards have shown themselves to be inept at best and malevolent at worst. People are being told by their governments, media and parents that the world is now an insecure, unsafe place, so telling them that even their most trusted institutions are actually worthless, or worse, malicious, aggravates their fears, leading many to denial. We’ve been taught that social institutions like courts, police, hospitals and schools are the High Churches of “reliable” authority, with their priesthood of lawyers, doctors, officers and professors constituting the elite classes of society. They’ve proven themselves worthy of our faith, having cleared the requisite academic and professional hurdles to put their ideas into mainstream circulation, even if the soundness of those ideas can be challenged and debunked easily. But unfortunately, it is not so much an earned right to steer public opinion as it is the right to brainwash us all.
Decades ago, it was common to hear civic leaders and captains of industry speak of their great ambitions towards public works: extensive infrastructure projects, expanded and affordable educational institutions, 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. After the Second World War, the Great Society reforms of Lyndon Johnson were similarly ambitious. 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 ruins attest to the resolve of their creators. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and we find a different type of resolve: homes are being built with walls of compressed sawdust (plywood), billion dollar entertainment facades are being erected out of mostly plastic and plexiglas (Disneyland), and even majestic skyscrapers have been insured with a life-expectancy of only 20 years. The generational aspirations of times past is long gone, along with the boldness of our leaders who seldom speak about anything more distant than a decade. Today’s politicians only know how to be reactionary, as events unfold that they have no suitable explanation for. Their pretexts 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 some 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. Thanks to a widespread state of censorship and torpor among the world’s populations, the times may change but things 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, cultural and moral absurdities of the West have become more evident, there is something about the notion of “normal” that is not only contestable, but laughable also. Within this concept can be detected an aberration, instilling the suspicion that not only are “they” lying to you, but “they” have always been lying to you. Yet 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 without being derided as psychologically unhealthy by the compliant masses. For them, the current society is the only one imaginable; there simply is no alternative to “our” world, or at any rate, no real one. The gulf between their censored reality and the one yet-to-be discovered is so wide 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 at its roots. To merely grasp it near the surface, as many a dissenting pundit or activist chooses to do, is to accomplish very little. To actually uproot it requires thinking about reality in a new way, which is hard to do in a world where man, wherever he goes, encounters only copies of himself. The modern age, with its unfettered mass media and vapid popular culture, has created a populace that are all thinking the same range of thoughts, living by the standards of others and never really being themselves in the way they imagine. Yet the problems of our time go hand-in-hand with our way of thought and expression. So if people were to dress themselves in a new form of thinking and communicating, the old problems would be discarded like old clothes. Such a mindset begins with acknowledging that the world is not as you thought. It isn’t that people need to learn more about science, geography or politics – a child could be taught such things. The essential discovery of maturity is in acquiring an accurate intuition about the nature of things, which then allows you to exercise proper judgement and act accordingly.
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? A world where people settle for a level of ignorance and diversion they can tolerate and call it “happiness”? Yet this is a happiness much like that belonging to the man with a toothache, who therefore thinks that happiness consists of simply not having any toothache. A lack of discomfort and blissful oblivion have 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 ignorance, yet exerting an incessant control over their lives. How else could the same people who are forcibly kept within what is essentially a shared simulation also be mundanely eating, playing, and shopping, all whilst writing bestselling books and blockbuster movies about the very same simulated existence?
Greekspeek for thought
When I tell people that society is in a bad position, they just imagine the current situation being in a worse state – but that’s not it.
Things are worse than you 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.