A look at current events from 40,000 feet
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of... In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”— Edward L. Bernays, in Propaganda (1928)
It is the function of mass agitation to exploit all the grievances, hopes, aspirations, prejudices, fears, and ideals of all the special groups that make up our society, social, religious, economic, racial, political. Stir them up. Set one against the other. Divide and conquer. That’s the way to soften up a democracy.”― J. Edgar Hoover, Masters of Deceit (1947)
Applying the principles of propaganda broadly to the masses was begun by Bernays, who advised businesses in advertising their products. Bernays pioneered the public relations industry's use of mass psychology in their public persuasion campaigns.
As early as 1928, in his book Propaganda, he states:
If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it? The recent practice of propaganda has proved that it is possible, at least up to a certain point and within certain limits.”Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda
In a 1947 essay, Bernays called these mass-influencing techniques the “engineering of consent.” This is a good term because it implies a narrative and an intent to promote that narrative via the psychological techniques of mass persuasion. Although Bernays often bragged about his media campaign successes (among them a very successful campaign to get women to smoke), I’m not sure even he would agree with the saturation of propaganda in our society in 2022. Propaganda is precisely what our corporate news media is doing 24 hours a day.
J. Edgar Hoover published his book in 1947, which was also the year the National Security Act, creating the Central Intelligence Agency, was passed. The CIA is the world’s most effective and secretive propaganda agency.
The broad use of propaganda against the public has been employed for a long time.
Propaganda only works, however, on people who have little or no knowledge of self. Propaganda campaigns assume that human beings are like quantum particles in a physics experiment, unknowing ciphers who can be manipulated by constant persuasion and the engineering of consent. The human being as a programmable blank slate, a mass of protoplasm without self-awareness, is the viewpoint of the materialists.
A person grounded in knowledge, with a spiritual center, cannot be persuaded or convinced by propaganda. That is why, throughout history, these people have been ruthlessly attacked by dictators and other anti-social personalities.
Propaganda and persuasion are techniques used by materialists and/or sociopaths who are looking to get over on society. Since the vaccines came out in 2021, about one-fifth of the U.S. population have refused to be vaccinated. Are these people just conspiracy theorists and nutjobs? Perhaps they are souls who have had many lifetimes on this planet, who have reincarnated over and over again, and who have previously experienced propaganda campaigns.
In early 2021 there was no data whatsoever on the mRNA technology’s effectiveness or long term effects (other than the propaganda released by Pfizer and Moderna) because the vaccines were developed and released in less than a year, without any long-term studies. So why did 20% of the population decide not to get vaxxed? Why didn’t they trust the medical bureaucracy? Some say their decisions were pure paranoia, or just plain stupidity. But maybe it was an inner wisdom brought about through the soul’s experiences on earth. Experience, as we all know, is the best teacher. Experience generates wisdom.
Of course this argument is pilloried by those who believe that a human being is meat, and that when your meat dies your consciousness dies. c’est la vie.
The onset of SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome) and a rise in all-cause mortality in people under 50 is a phenomenon first noticed by insurance company actuaries when studying mortality rates in 2021. COVID-19 largely affects those over 60, and particularly those over 70. So COVID isn’t the reason for the rise in these deaths. Since 2021, when the vaccines were released, healthy people in their teens, 20s and 30s have been dying at alarming rates. In Canada 13 medical doctors have died “suddenly and unexpectedly,” and not from COVID. There are opinions on both sides as to whether the vaccine caused these deaths. And that’s the difficulty. The human race is in the middle of an information and spiritual war for the souls, hearts, and minds of humanity. It’s a war between light and dark.
How does one tell whether a narrative is propaganda or the truth? You have to look at both sides of the issue and make up your own mind. That requires discernment. Discernment comes from wisdom and wisdom comes from Knowledge and experience.
A human being is an immortal spirit temporarily associated with a physical body. Without this Knowledge (capital K), a person is vulnerable to manipulation, peer pressure, and psychological/propaganda campaigns. One thing is certain in this spiritual war: more of them are on the way.
In these crazy times it has never been more important to find your center. We may not have much control over events, but we can control how we react to them. Fortunately, as the world descends into madness, more and more people are (literally) seeing the light and rejecting the darkness.
Across the planet, the human family is embracing the light of higher consciousness. The dark-light ratio in human consciousness, which for millennia has favored the dark (study history, which is largely a series of wars and conflicts), is tilting in the direction of the light. This is exposing the dark actors.
As this process continues there will be a gradual separation between those who want contention and conflict, and those who want peace and stability. Society will split into these two camps; not only ideologically and socially, but also physically. In the former camp, fighting and conflict will be the norm and will be isolated to these physical spaces. It is already beginning as people move out of places they no longer consider livable, and move into places that are more conducive to peace and prosperity.
In the first social grouping, Transhumanism and totalitarianism will be embraced. “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” will be substituted for mother and father. In the other camp, the emphasis will be on the family, on peace, on free speech, and on real inclusion regardless of race, color, or creed. We are already observing this socially. Gradually, over the decades, the first camp will become less and less numerous and the peaceful social groupings will grow larger and larger.
Presently, society is chaotic because both camps are spread fairly uniformly throughout society. But that won’t last.
The root cause of this separation phenomenon is based in consciousness. Automatically, this puts understanding beyond the purview of the materialists and the totalitarians, who believe that a human being is meat, and who completely reject the idea that consciousness continues after the body dies. Is this concept so difficult to understand? It is for those who have turned away from the light.
Those who have chosen to reject the light will become more and more confused and will react more and more crazily, because it will seem that an invisible hand (the hand of higher consciousness) is working against them. This will cause them to react in the only way they know: with anger, hatred, and violence, which will be directed against themselves.
Paradoxically, when the light shines brighter the dark reacts with anger and hatred. This manifests itself in random violence, the politicization of everything from politics to science, and vitriol on mass media and social media.
It appears that the world is being destroyed and that the situation is hopeless. But what if it’s the old world being destroyed? The old world based in darkness. There aint no free rides. We don’t get to wave a magic wand and magically dissolve human karma that has been built up over thousands of years. We have to work through it. My guess is that some of the random violence is due to karma from past lifetimes. What seems random may just be old scores being settled.
[shrug] You can only see this from 40,000 feet. It makes no sense to those without self-awareness, and it isn’t obvious even then. But I’m an eternal optimist, so hopefully my words have cheered you up a little.
Propaganda and mass agitation are the tools of the dark. As more and more people wake up, the effectiveness of propaganda and psychological/information operations will substantially lessen.
The impetus for the breakdown of the old world is the light of higher consciousness. This will eventually cause a social separation between those who embrace the light and those who turn away from it. Gradually, society will stabilize at a higher level of consciousness.