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 placed your trust in. 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 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 hurting others, and those who masquerade their evil intent as good. However, in the face of this malevolence the general public continues 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’ve acquiesced to. Because their models of reality are supported 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 this disquietude is pacified, there still exists an unspoken yet widely-known consensus: 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 remains insufficiently challenged, one must also acknowledge that the general public has, in their negligence, abandoned a portion of their responsibility to unearth the truth about the current reality.
People have been born into a world where nothing is harder to achieve, nor shrouded in paradox, than the idea of understanding Truth. In an uncertain society where people struggle to hold together their images of reality, there isn’t even a body of knowledge that acts as a reliable measure of such Truth. Neither religious teachings nor the narratives offered by the media have been able to impart a satisfactory understanding of the present contradictions, and with such organizations having had a stranglehold over the West for centuries, 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 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 information – an otherness so foreign so as to be counter-intuitive. When faced with such a conundrum, simply going about one’s daily business is no longer an easy 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, the claims of those same systems are suspiciously at odds with the observable facts. 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 entire facets of modern society are meant to influence their actions and beliefs, starting with their parents and moving on to their schools, hospitals, police, and media, all of which work together diligently 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, but ultimately both claim to be devoted to the carrying out of Justice (although private law firms are 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, 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, 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. 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 accordingly with the prevailing order, and another which, though it represents a glaring breach of that order, seems more primary and overriding than the first.
Through-out history, much has been said about the nature and purpose 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 in our time with the current polemic against “fake news”. Such falsification of information has been a millennia-old means of divesting the public of an 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 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 and breathe 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 the widespread case of 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 are forced to utilize 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. People are being told by their governments, media and parents that the world is now an insecure, unsafe place, so when you tell them that even the institutions they trust wholeheartedly are actually worthless, or worse, malicious, they tend to shut their eyes and ears to such information. 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 release statements supported by “society”, then it should be accepted as trustworthy. The educated classes have proven themselves worthy of such faith, having cleared the requisite 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 when governments and captains of industry related to the public, it was common to hear them 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 reached for similar aspirations. 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, even in their current obsolescence. 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 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 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 standardized, there is something about the mere notion of “normal” that is not only 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, 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 publicly without being derided as psychologically unhealthy by the compliant classes. 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. For the masses, 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 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 thinking 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 vapid 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. 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 constituted as one 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 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? 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 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 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.