Dispelling harmful illusions

“Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day…. A series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through a change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate and systematic plan for reducing us to slavery. (Thomas Jefferson)

“The US mainstream hypnotic media, along with everything else in the US, has been weaponized.” (Comment by jfl, Feb 4, 2015 7:45:22 PM, Moon of Alabama)

Tribal cultures even today simply cannot comprehend the concept of the individual or of the separate and independent citizen. Oral cultures act and react simultaneously, whereas the capacity to act without reacting, without involvement, is a special gift of “detached” literate man.” (Marshall McLuhan, The playboy Interview, March, 1969)

“But what if your own eyes and your innate (though suppressed) ability to think critically and independently tell you that what all the institutions of the State insist is true is actually a lie? What do you do then? Do you trust in your own cognitive abilities, or do you blindly follow authority and pretend as though everything can be explained away? If your worldview will not allow you to believe what you can see with your own eyes, then the problem, it would appear, is with your worldview. So do you change that worldview, or do you live in denial?” (Dave McGowan, Wagging the Mooddoggie)

I live in a bizarro kind of world, shared by a few others who know exactly what I am talking about. My world is built on not just evidence, but rather easily uncovered and understood evidence.

Those things I know to be true are not things I happen to “believe,” as if such knowledge is subjective. Rather, I objectively see a plethora of evidence demonstrating that the major events of our times, be it Dallas, Watergate, 9/11, Boston or the supposed killing of Osama bin Laden, as explained to the public, are a gigantic, bold and easily untangled web of lies.

These lies have been untangled, uncovered, exposed, and in such a way that it is not merely the opinions of a few freaks and geeks. Rather it is a preponderance of unassailable facts discovered and uncovered by scholars and researchers of high integrity, and done with great care. There is no doubt in my mind that these men and women are closer to truth than any other Americans.

The events in question are not nuanced for the public, handled so as to keep certain important and sensitive information secret. They are simply big lies.

  • The murder of President Kennedy was a giant domestic covert operation followed by an even larger coverup.
  • Watergate has roots going all the way back to JFK and Dallas and involving the same people. Like Dallas it was a large conspiracy to undo the results of an election, to keep wars going.
  • 9/11 was mostly a television show, complete with CGI, but the basic evidence is even stranger than supposed planes flying unhindered through steel buildings.
  • The Boston Marsthon “bombing” is so easily seen to be a hoax that readers who believe in the lost limbs and miracle recoveries ought to be embarrassed to be so gullible.
  • And supposedly killing a guy, tossing his body in the ocean, not showing photographs … please. People. You insult your own intelligence, much less mine. You should be embarrassed.

What’s up with you? What the hell is wrong with you?

I was impressed by the words “hypnotic media” in one of the quotes above. Hypnosis appears to be a large part of our problem, although groupthink and social pressure have a lot to do with it too. Critical thinking skills are like great books. Everyone talks about them, but few actually experience them. Teachers all claim to teach critical thinking skills. Few actually do, or even know how for themselves.

I was traveling across a couple of states with a young relative a few years back, and having read a book about roads and highways, was struck by the author’s statement that the vast majority of youth today believe that the lines on our roads are two to three feet apart. So I asked my companion what he thought the distance was. “Two feet” was his answer. When I told him the truth – 22 feet of between Interstate highway lines, I was in for an even larger surprise. He did not believe me. He still doesn’t.

It is right there in front of him, easily discovered. Yet he clings … to what? A myth? An impression? They have to put the lines far apart to create the sensation that we are moving slower than we really are when we travel on highways. Otherwise we would not be able to drive for hours on end without becoming mesmerized, disoriented, even nauseous. He is clinging to an optical illusion.

But why does the illusion rule? I have never thought such nonsense as he does. I have never for a second had any notion that highway lines are two feet apart. I trust my whole generation is like me. Most of us have walked on or beside highways and see the evidence. What is up?

In a similar manner most people suffer from easily shattered illusions regarding the events I name above, and many others. Our leaders regard those illusions as “necessary,” as in the words of Reinhold Neibuhr. Chomsky called it “thought control in democratic societies,” referencing Niebuhr in a series of lectures in Canada. These illusions are the glue holding us together. But we need to come apart, as this glue, this togetherness, is not wholesome. It is hard on the rest of the world, including those countries we are currently attacking and others we plan to.

If you’ve read this and are feeling safe that I am in a twilight zone while you are comfortably ensconced in hard reality, think again. I am the sane one here. Not you. It is your feet that need to touch terra firma, where mine have been firmly planted now for decades. I and others are evidence and reality-based thinkers, while you are steeped in lies, illusions, and CGI.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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4 Responses to Dispelling harmful illusions

  1. Big Swede says:

    Ever contemplate that you personally are practicing “thought control”? Sowing seeds of discontent?

    Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV) There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

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    • Oh my, I think something written here actually reached your brain and troubled you. I’ll be golly dammed, you of all people. Did not think that possible!

      “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” (John Lennon)

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  2. Mike says:

    No chance that progs like Mark will ever admit they are wrong. Our society is so horrible that progs like Mark can afford to go vacation to NZ.

    It’s an indictment of our society that a simple dipstick like Mark who is so opressed can afford an expensive trip halfway across the world. Mark, how about your adding to climate change by getting on that plane, emissions and such….hyypocrite much bro.

    Progs are flipping hilarious.

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