This article is apolitical.
At least in the sense that we do not lean left or right.
And thus, this is the only way to start a piece in today’s societal climate. Once a launched diatribe into politics is unleashed, most reactions range from anger, agreeableness, tuning out, to argumentation.
Not my intention. Instead, I wish to zoom out for a bit and discuss a point of view from an aerial position.
Whether you support Trump, Biden, an additional candidate or party is of no consequence.
Rather, this is an article about the cultural frame we find ourselves in at the present. In addition, I wish to discuss how we got here, what it is causing, and the psychological effect on the nation and the world in which we belong.
Because whether you, the reader, realize it or not, we have participated in a rapid march straight into a brand new era. The Post-Trust, Post-Truth Age
We are speeding. Not in our cars. Or buses. Or planes. But through time.
Evolution, the long process of change spanning millions of years, running tests and integrating the best of what works, has been condensed. This hyper acceleration of time has left the powers of the gods in the hands of the stone age apes we once were and in many cases, still are.
As a consequence in just a few short years, we have found ourselves living in a Post-Trust, Post-Truth Age.
What does this mean?
Most people with a cell phone are hard-pressed to believe anything they read or see. Think of it as global induced paranoia where once highly esteemed institutions have crumbled under the weight of the population’s own suspicions.
Politicians are seen to be corrupt, the news distorted, scientific studies are often funded by special interest groups infecting the results, and conspiracies once thought to be long ago fiction have begun to be seen as hard-pressed truths.
But then, how did we get here from a place of such intellectual promise? At what point did our appeal to authority lose its, well...appeal? Or at least its weight of truth?
The answer I tried to find. And it led me down a tangled trail of misdeeds, miscalculations, outright lies, and cover-ups. Most, but not all, done by the shadow government growing underneath the public’s perception. From this point of view, it can be difficult to see what is actually true and what is false. Leading most to proudly proclaim that any information is false until proven otherwise. Which is, of course, understandably justified. This crumbling of truth as a right to be held by the people of which the government is supposed to serve has led to our current predicament. At one point during our brief history, the sides decided to switch. Instead of a government for the people by the people, we have become a government run to control the people by a collection of public oligarchic families who place themselves in the institutions for years while being in bed with a group of shadow players pulling the strings of these “elected” officials.
These institutions of control have been filling our collective minds with mistrust and paranoia for decades.
The year was 2009. I remember walking down a neatly paved blacktop trail through falling brown leaves, around a small muddy lake and up to the school buildings which housed my classes during sophomore year in college.
I was taking an intro to history class as part of my overall major. In one such class, a history professor of mine explained to us the dawn of certain ages. Examples of this would be ones you most likely already know: the Bronze Age, the Enlightenment Age, the Industrial Age, and what he coined for the upcoming year of 2010 as the Computerized Age.
As a group of students we were at the early stages of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, online classes, and more. He believed as we turned the calendar from 2009 to 2010 and beyond, the Computerized Age would be the coming of an entirely new way of life. An exponential evolutionary leap not seen since the Industrial Revolution.
At the time, the idea seemed correct. Cell phones went from the small flip variety to the touch screen monstrosities we use today. From the beginnings of Facebook where patrons were regulated to college campuses and had to own a .edu in order to join. To the global conglomerate it is now where it has the power to sway elections and global movements. And from the implementation of hybrid vehicles to now long-distance electric cars that will soon be self-automated.
If at that time, we were to discuss the consequences of implementing this new technology, most intellectuals weighed heavily in favor of positive outcomes. We were sitting at the edge of the cliff after all. The top of the roller coaster. And we were waiting for the inevitable final push, that gravity accelerating fall into the world of futurism. It felt hopeful.
Technology, after all, has made human life easier, more equitable in certain cases, and vastly more convenient.
But most did not foresee the challenges we now face.
Information and Digital Age
While coining the term the “Computer Age” ten years ago seemed correct, in reality, the moniker “Information Age” as a consequence of the technology we have produced, is probably more appropriate.
In this Age, instead of the hopeful futurism of peace and altruistic communion, we are constantly inundated with information, often contradictory, in the form of studies, statistics, podcasts, lectures, books, audiobooks, news programs, cell phone updates, social media posts, and I can go on.
Each day we are met with a deluge of the world’s happenstance from across the globe. Our entire economy has been overrun with information technology as opposed to goods and even services. Our factories produce technology to consume as well as the information for consumption. And we take it in. Everyday.
For the first time in recorded human history, we know what is happening across the globe, in one instant.
Thinking back to the early 21st century, this would not have risen to the top of a list of problems modern humans would face. However, being immersed in it, swirling through Twitter feeds, news popups, constant reminders of strife, famine, war, death, and disease all at once- it’s often too much.
Now couple this information overload with the likes of phone addiction, sleep dysregulation, the fear of missing out, work and life disturbances, dopamine addiction, social comparison, and you have the perfect recipe for a population with brand new mental health maladies addicted to the technology that is causing them.
And while this may seem like a large enough problem to understand and dismantle, there is something a bit more sinister happening underneath the surface only exacerbating these issues.
Shadows Tactics and Outright Lies
In 1966, a President by the name of Lyndon Johnson reluctantly signed into law a bill called FOIA. Or, the Freedom of Information Act. This new law gave citizens the right to access records from any federal agency, with some restrictions (we are not privy to pertinent information despite the FOIA).
And with the FOIA came the disclosure of governmental operations designed to deceive, distort, and hide the truth from the public.
As more people became aware of these operations, the far-reaching effects of the outcomes and the fact that they were able to run them in the shadows without public knowledge or consent for years, our belief in the truth and the crumbling of trust started to begin.
This is in no way a comprehensive list nor does it detail every facet of each conspiracy. I only wish to show a few programs the government has admitted to enacting and how their shadow actions have cultivated mistrust in the population from the President all the way down. If you wish to research further, by all means, the information is out there for you to find.
These are just a few of the admitted programs and/or plans run by covert organizations underlining our Republic:
MK-Ultra: also called the CIA mind control program, is the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects that were designed and undertaken by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, some of which were illegal. Experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations in order to weaken the individual and force confessions through mind control. The project was organized through the Office of Scientific Intelligence of the CIA and coordinated with the United States Army Biological Warfare Laboratories. Code names for drug-related experiments were Project Bluebird and Project Artichoke.
Tuskegee Experiment: In 1932, the Public Health Service, working with the Tuskegee Institute, began a study to record the natural history of syphilis in hopes of justifying treatment programs for blacks. It was called the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.” The study initially involved 600 black men – 399 with syphilis, 201 who did not have the disease. The study was conducted without the benefit of patients’ informed consent. Researchers told the men they were being treated for “bad blood,” a local term used to describe several ailments, including syphilis, anemia, and fatigue. In truth, they did not receive the proper treatment needed to cure their illness. In exchange for taking part in the study, the men received free medical exams, free meals, and burial insurance. Although originally projected to last 6 months, the study actually went on for 40 years.
Operation Northwoods: was a proposed false flag operation against the Cuban government that originated within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to both stage and actually commit acts of terrorism against American military and civilian targets, blaming them on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The possibilities detailed in the document included the possible assassination of Cuban immigrants, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes to be shot down, or given the appearance of being shot down, blowing up a U.S. ship, and orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The proposals were rejected by President John F. Kennedy.
Operation Paperclip: was a secret program of the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) largely carried out by special agents of Army CIC, in which more than 1,600 (and possibly many more) German scientists, engineers, and technicians, such as Wernher von Braun and his V-2 rocket team, were taken from Germany to the United States, for U.S. government employment, primarily between 1945 and 1959. Many were former members, and some were former leaders of the Nazi Party.
Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq: A major justification towards invading Iraq in 2002 was the presence and potential use of weapons of mass destruction held by Saddam Hussein’s government. Shortly after 9/11, the United States invaded Afghanistan in hopes of capturing the alleged perpetrator of the attack, Osama Bin Laden. After an unsuccessful campaign the US set their sites on Iraq with the idea of ridding the Middle East of Hussein and his sons. At the time, they did not have a justification. To sway the public, the Bush Administration fomented the fears of their government owning and potentially using nuclear weapons on the US and its allies. A few years later, it was obvious this was a fabrication. An outright lie. J.D. Maddox, an intelligence agent working in Iraq during this time stated, “When the Iraq Survey Group’s interim progress report was released, in October 2003, the truth became unavoidable. It offered a thinly veiled admission of failure to find any convincing evidence of recent W.M.D. activity.” He continues, “I had been taught throughout my childhood and my military training that America conducts wars based on just cause, but the reality emerging from Iraq was that we had been compelled by deception.” Operation Mockingbird: was an alleged large-scale program of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that began in the early years of the Cold War and attempted to manipulate news media for propaganda purposes. It funded student and cultural organizations and magazines as front organizations. According to author Deborah Davis, Operation Mockingbird recruited leading American journalists into a propaganda network and influenced the operations of front groups. CIA support of front groups was exposed when a 1967 Ramparts magazine article reported that the National Student Association received funding from the CIA. In 1975, Church Committee Congressional investigations revealed Agency connections with journalists and civic groups. None of the reports, however, mentions by name an Operation Mockingbird coordinating or supporting these activities. And of course, here is a short list of unproven conspiracy theories *wink wink*...
-JFK Assassination -Moon Landing -9/11 -Roswell activity -Jeffrey Epstein and the worldwide child paedophilia phenomenon that involves people in high places This is just to name a few as this list can become quite extensive as well. Entertainment and Propaganda "Let's face it, there are three things that the media are interested in: pictures, mistakes and attacks. It's my orchestra-pit theory of politics. If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, "I have a solution to the Middle East problem" and the other guy falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news? The guy who falls in the orchestra pit." -Roger Ailes Each of these conspiracies has added to the mounting evidence of why we need to be careful of what we intellectually digest. And are a just cause for our non-belief in truth and a guarded trust when it involves major organizations. However, the one we wish to focus on for the remainder of this article is Operation Mockingbird.
First off, this operation is an open admission by the CIA to using entertainment and media as a means of propaganda to alter the reality of the population.
Think about that for a moment.
Are we really supposed to believe the CIA is no longer interested in using these methods for their outcomes?
Then think about how much the entertainment and media industries have grown over the years and the availability of the content. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, and more have all become easy to stream anywhere in the world and at any time. And last, consider what the medium of television and smart phones does to the brain while you are watching these shows. A general overview explains it...
In 1969, Herbert Krugman, an employee of General Electric and a pioneer in the advertising agency, conducted experiments on the effect of human brain waves when watching television:
"Krugman monitored a person through many trials and found that in less than one minute of television viewing, the person's brain waves switched from Beta waves- brain waves associated with active, logical thought- to primarily Alpha waves. When the subject stopped watching television and began reading a magazine, the brainwaves reverted back to Beta waves."
And what is the Alpha brainwave state?
"Alpha waves are present in deep physical and mental relaxation, and usually when the eyes are closed, during a daydream, or in light meditation. It is the optimal time to program the mind and it also heightens your imagination, visualization memory, learning, and concentration. It is the gateway to your subconscious mind, and the voice of your intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the closer you get to 7.5Hz." Now, we can’t make the leap and say all of the shows are made with the intent of swaying the public’s collective consciousness. But a large percentage probably is.
And that is where the creation of a Post-Truth, Post-Trust Age started.
The population of the United States and beyond is constantly confused by the information presented by the major networks, the shows on television, and through the medium in which they are presented.
And this confusion creates fear.
Fear creates division.
And division is much easier to control than unity. Control then, must be their desired outcome.
What Do We Do? First, turn off your television.
Or at the very least monitor everything you consume. Consider what it is the show or movie is trying to tell you. And if it is negative or manipulative, turn it off.
This simple action will help bring clarity into your life, even if it is just a small amount.
When it comes to the news, turn it off.
Whatever they are saying on these broadcasts is designed to manipulate your feelings and even worse, destroy any sort of critical thinking. They do not present facts. They present their interpretations of the facts in hopes that it will negate the need for you to think.
And thus, you become easier to manipulate.
If you feel the need to remain informed about the world, and it’s understandable that some people will need to, try to search for primary sources.
Personal websites can be great in this aspect. Instead of going to the networks for news, search for the journalist who is writing the story or reporting on the ground and watch or read for yourself. The unedited version.
Approach everything objectively.
If you hear an opinion or an idea that is stated as a fact, don’t agree or disagree with it. Search it out for yourself and make up your mind later.
We are in a spiritual war. An information war. And a manipulation war. They are all connected. And to fall prey to any one of them is to fall prey to all of them.
If we can break free from the entertainment and news industry, we can regain a semblance of trust in our fellow human beings, begin to see the world with a lens of truth rather than suspicion and fear, and reconnect the human race on a high level. This is the potential of the Computerized Age my professor was hopeful about a short ten years ago.
We have a chance to collectively raise the consciousness of the world past hatred, anger, and contempt for people despite their beliefs.
We just all need to ask ourselves first…
Is this truly my opinion? My belief? Or is it the result of my programming?
To break free from the programming is to reclaim your true identity: Unlimited potential swimming in a sea of connected consciousness collectively creating the world that is living inside our minds.
That sounds like a lot.
I am aware.
To put it more simply…
We create the world we live in.
Break free of the fear-based programming.
Stop creating a world through the lens of fear.
And start creating it with love.