April 29, 2012

The Stupefying Power of Denial

Despite living with it for more than a decade, I'm still amazed at the power that holds the majority of the population in its deathly grip-- the power of denial. I'm talking about the psychological ability (if one can so describe it) to not see certain unpleasant realities that lurk in our faces.
We don't/can't see those things because we deny they exist. If they don't exist, they can't be perceived. Simple.
Yet, why do some people see what the majority deny? The answer must lie somewhere in the complex soul of humankind. But, we can speculate on some probable factors. It has nothing to do with intelligence, per se; smart people can be bamboozled as readily as anyone. I think it has more to do with non-conformity. If the majority believes something, it's common knowledge, it's the conventional wisdom... and it's often completely wrong. That's why authoritarian types (and governments) hate non-conformists-- they just don't cooperate and 'get with the program.' 

In the famous parable (the majority call it a fairy tale) of the King's New Clothes, the whole population saw what they were supposed to see-- except for one, annoying little boy, who blurted out what was obvious all along. No doubt, the boy was a non-conformist who was constantly in trouble at school simply because he questioned everything the teacher taught.

Denial of unpleasantries is the favorite refuge of the majority because:
- they are just 'too busy' doing life, making a living, etc.;
- they don't want to 'dwell on the negative;'
- they aren't interested in politics/economics/religion/whatever;
- they don't believe all that conspiracy nonsense.

Have I missed any? I think those are all the excuses I've heard over the years for justifying ignorance. Even when you get these fine folks to admit that, yes, the topic (whatever is under discussion) is important to their future, they still go on and shrug it off with a guilty laugh and some fatuous comment usually beginning with 'but.' But what-- they love ignorance because it's so blissful?

Okay, I'm often accused of being 'too serious;' which is a serious charge in a world so predominated by useless entertainment, stupid comedy, futile spectator sports, and generally vacuous television programming. Why can't I just get with the program (ahem), sit back and switch off my feverish mind? 'Guess I'm just an inveterate non-conformist!

I could almost buy the 'too busy' argument, given the mad-dash lives that so many people are caught in today, living in big cities, with long commutes, expected overtime, overcrowded schedules, and endless voice, text, and e-mail communicating. Still, there is usually time for what 'really matters' in everyone's life. Examining our reality is not regarded as mattering to most.

Point #2, dwelling on the negative-- yes, we really must accentuate the positive, mustn't we? Maybe this is related to point #1; after a hectic day, who wants bad news? I get that. But, was the look-out on the Titanic being a pessimist because he alerted the bridge to the iceberg? C'mon, folks! Must we always wait until the SHTF before we finally decide we'd better start paying attention?

Not being 'interested' in the big decisions that determine our world is probably related to point 2. After all, the news, especially lately, concerning national or geo-politics, and macro or micro economics, seems to be unrelentingly bad... and who wants that, after a tough day in the cubicle? Sure-- it matters, somehow; but right now, I need a stiff nightcap. How did we get this notion that American Idol matters more than the latest world news? While the globalist forces have been making the world ever more interrelated and interdependent, they have also been constraining the public's attention to ever more trivial matters, using the power of the media to define our reality.

Finally, here's the easiest, most 'logical' reason to justify not bothering with current affairs-- they 'just happen' due to the forces of nature and random process, so why bother? If you think human agents are actually plotting and precipitating the big global events, you must be a conspiracy nut (or nutter, if you're English). It couldn't possibly be true, because... 'Because what?' is my response. Why do people so speedily reject the idea of covert action by powerful forces, when they have done absolutely zero research into it? It's 'obviously impossible' because the listener lacks the imagination to conceive it might be possible.

Even when presented with copious evidence that there must, necessarily, be collusion involved in disasters, the notorious majority will ignore it. It's as if they understand, at a Freudian level, that if there's the slightest truth to the conspiracy notion, it would totally disturb their comforting world view... their 'Weltanschauung' as it's called in German. (A word worth looking up, BTW.)

 The influence of denial is so pernicious that it over-rides a vital, innate capacity of human nature that we call common sense. This fact is truly astounding, and is demonstrated in sharp relief by the tragi-comic events of '9-11-01', where the laws of physics, chemistry, and logic are overturned, under the explanation provided by the US government. In fact, many professionals in various related fields recognize the contradictions, and are trying to get their views across to a dumb-founded population. Yet with the unrelenting immovability of the mainstream media in upholding the ridiculous official explanation, the '911 Truth movement' has been unable to gain effective traction in more than a decade.

The good citizens of the majority have never pondered the fascinating question of 'how do we know what we know?' Of course, we 'learn' everything we know. Or turning it around, we are taught by the system, over the most impressionable years of our lives, in factories designed for the purpose. We know 'X' because 'they' told us so! Sure, maybe you consider yourself well-read. But who wrote the books? All 'mainstream knowledge' emanates from mainstream (i.e. 'approved') sources. All conventional theories or explanations have received the 'imprimateur' of some governing authority. All governing bodies are cooperative components of the system (the Matrix, for those who can handle the analogy).

What we know is what we've been allowed to know by the system. But, what is the system? Surely, it's just a word for the collective wisdom of society, and therefore, trustworthy. No! This is the crucial part; the one that you in the majority can't accept. The system did not simply fall into place via natural, chaotic, human interactions, which therefore represent unbiased or disinterested knowledge. Perhaps the public thrives on simplicity; but that's really another word for naivete.

After a lifetime of serious, non-conformist observation, one must conclude that history has been hijacked. A bizarre idea to many readers; but unless you can begin to give this notion a fair hearing, you will never see the real world, only the illusion created for you by others. If world events simply unfold organically, why are there all those secretive, elitist societies (e.g. The Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, the Davos Conference, etc., etc.)? These organizations are all regularly attended by, largely, the same, prominent decision-makers and political heads who wield the powers that shape our world. Do you really think they are just getting together to chat about the weather and sip champagne? If so, why would it be necessary to surround these confabs with the highest level of security, and to keep out all but selected reporters (if any), and to limit public statements to merely hollow pronouncements?

Why has the European Union project proceeded so resolutely when most citizens oppose full integration... and when stumbling monetary union has shown how infeasible it is? Why have human rights and freedoms been so restricted over the past decade, when the real threat of terrorism is so low? Why have the North American media obsessed over Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, while keeping us in the dark over things like Iceland's handling of their debt crisis? Why did the US invade Iraq when Saddam had no connection to Al Queda? And why are they now pressing to attack Iran over a completely specious, manufactured nuclear problem?

Dear sheeple, none of the above issues 'just happened' by accident. You've got to grow up and start thinking for yourself. Never mind that some highly-educated 'expert' came on CNN or Fox News and assured you that everything is fine, and the government will take care of you. That's BS! Everything that happens in the human sphere is being pushed in a specific direction by agents who have a self-serving plan. Enormous sums of 'money' (whatever that really means) have been siphoned out of the pockets of the general populace, since 2008, by elitist bankers and their co-opted political minions. Some of the folks woke up, and Occupy Wall Street was the tangible result. This is a good instance of a segment of the public finally realizing that the guys in the expensive suits are NOT looking out for their interests, but are voracious predators looking after themselves alone.

Unfortunately, too many others still have not had their epiphany, and may even look down on the OWS protestors. These good 'law-abiding' citizens will have to have the rug yanked out from under them in brutal manner before they reach their moment of illumination. Too many Americans still function under the illusion that they live in a democracy, and that it matters whether their president is a Democrat or a Republican... even after all the evidence of recent years that it's a choice between two evils of essentially the same ilk.

 Ah yes, denial will die hard in the Western world, where the sun never sets on the capitalist empire.

Ref. http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2011/03/naming-names-your-real-government.html

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