This may be the most important topic of all. But it is also the hardest, for a couple of reasons. The first is that many people who read what I write here will react negatively. People (including myself) can be sensitive and become defensive. We all like to believe that we can “take it on the chin,” but the reality is different. When I suggest that a major part of what a person “knows” is false, that they have been brainwashed throughout their lifetime, they don’t like it. All I can offer is to say that my intention is not to offend anyone. My only goal is to share a few things that I have learned. I go a little further in asking for forgiveness in advance on the Disclaimer page.
The next reason this subject is difficult to manage is that it is very broad and therefore hard to summarize in less than a novel. My own definition of reality as we normally see it has two parts.
First is the (inside) reality. This is our personal reality. Its boundaries are basically our immediate life—our home, our family, and maybe to some degree our job or work—depending on what kind of environment we work in. If we work in a large organization it is probably more difficult to be certain about things that happen, such as what the reasons or motives are. If we work in a small business or similar environment where we know the people well, it is easier to be sure of what is true and what isn’t. So this is our (inside) or personal reality. I do not discuss it in this article. We are sure of what is true in the sphere of our (inside) reality and what is not. If my mother died last year I know that is true. There is no reason to question it.
The Bigger Challenge
Much harder is to talk about our (outside) reality, or things that happen away from us–away from our home, our family, etc. For example, almost all of what I “know” about this aspect of reality is not from my own direct experience. It is based on what I have been TOLD by one or more sources of information. This could be something I was told by a friend, a co-worker, or another type of acquaintance. It may be something that I heard on the news last night. Or it may be something my parents told me long ago or something I learned in school. Even though I want to believe what I was told or heard, there must always be some doubt—even when the information came from someone I trust such as my parents. (More about parents later).
The Vast Realm of Our (Outside) Reality
So vast is this part that I hardly know where to begin. Perhaps a good place to begin is to define what is usually called our “world view,” which is the accumulation or collection of information from our whole life. It is made up of everything we “know” from what we have been told and taught. I might believe in God or not believe in God. I may believe that Democrats are more trustworthy than Republicans. There are no boundaries to what is included in my world view; it is made up of the sum of all the information that I have acquired along the road of my life, and it clearly varies from one person to the next.
The problem is that there is no way to be sure if my world view is true (valid) or not. What if the news source I listen to hides important information or even distorts or lies about events? What if my parents told me something that I later discover wasn’t true or hid important information from me? This affects the integrity of my world view. With this in mind, I came up with the belief that the (outside) reality that makes up our world view is really a manufactured reality. It is made up of information that is from outside of our own direct experience and therefore it is not possible to know if it is accurate or not. And particularly in future articles I intend to show how our (outside) reality is intentionally manipulated and distorted.
So how does this happen? How do we come to “know” what makes up our world view? At least for now I can suggest a couple of sources:
Our Parents. Of course. From our first days of life they start—teaching us what they know about life and how to live it. Naturally. That’s their job, isn’t it? They do the best they can, at least in most cases. No parent can teach more than he or she knows. Most importantly there is no malice or forethought behind what they teach us. We can mostly trust what we were told and taught by our parents. But we must remember that they don’t know everything, and like any other human being they have their own biases and prejudices—which are passed on to us.
Education System. Oh my word. I believe there IS malice and forethought in the education we receive, whether it is in our childhood or later at a university or other institution. Everyone knows that children go to school for 13 years to receive an education. And with a little luck they graduate with a degree of skill in the “Three R’s” though those skill levels have been declining for decades.
We might hope, however, that young people would also learn to THINK independently and be able to solve basic problems. Unfortunately this is not the goal of the educational system, as reflected in the header image for this article. The Rockefeller Foundation worked in cahoots with people like Horace Mann and John Dewey, who are named as pioneers of education in America.
The theories they pushed through, however, were based on what is known as the Prussian Educational Model. The orientation of this system was to produce worker robots rather than people who can think and create, just as Mr. Rockefeller wanted. This same model was used in the former Soviet Union and all the other communist block countries. This short video gives a good summary of what I have said here.
I also provide a link to a longer video source that is an interview with Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt, the author of “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America.” She was the Senior Policy Advisor in the Dept. of Education during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. When she discovered the realities associated with the new education programs that were to be instituted across America, she became a whistleblower and has continued speaking out against the fraud that is education in America for more than three decades. She was fired for her concern and for sounding the alert about the new public education agenda which she believed was not wholesome.
Parents Are Not Qualified to Raise Their Children
There is an underlying belief within the education system that parents/families are not qualified to educate their children. This is not only about math and other academic subjects where the parent’s knowledge may be weak, but also about many other personal and social subjects that in the past were strictly the domain of families. Examples start as far back as when schools started teaching sex education. At least in prehistoric times (when I was in school) school staff had to obtain parental permission for a child to participate. Now this array of subjects is greatly expended, and numerous aspects of the curriculum are taught without parental consent or knowledge. (I believe that parents share in the blame here, because they trust too much and don’t take the time to actually look closely at what is happening in their child’s classroom).
Hand-in-hand with that is the push to have children at school for more hours each day, and starting at an earlier age. Unfortunately too many parents find these changes convenient, since they benefit by not having to concern themselves with the expense of paying for childcare when they are working and school is not in session.
The Media. Look up! This does not refer only to the news media, but also to the broader spectrum that includes TV, movies, and even music. Yes, even music. Stop and think about it for a minute. Anyone remember anti-war music in the 1960’s? And was ‘rap’ and similar types of music just an art, or was it intended to contribute to the moral decay in society? No conclusions here, but I’m just sayin’ that music can and does influence what people think and even their values.
And TV and Hollywood. We like to believe that it is all market-based, meaning that programs and movies are produced and the ones that are most popular are successful. That’s the way things SHOULD work. But it’s not the real story or at least the whole story. As an example, I have seen credible (to me) reports about how even the Chinese (government) can control and influence Hollywood producers—to “filter” (censure) content of productions or in some cases even cancel their work and/or its release. Anyone realize that the CIA has one or more liaisons in Hollywood that oversee certain types of productions? The “truth” must be controlled after all. LOL
TV hypnotizes us. Anyone who has done video editing knows that video—including what we see on the TV screen—is not actually a continuous image. It is a sequence of still images, usually run at the speed of 30 frames (images) per second. When we sit and focus on a TV screen, within seconds our mind is lowered into an alpha state—same as when we are hypnotized. This of course makes us more open to “the power of suggestion” as it is often called—particularly useful commercial time. No need to take my word for this. There is tons of information available for anyone who takes the time to look for it.
Even back in the 1970’s when I was in college I remember hearing about subliminal (subconscious) ‘messages’ being embedded in TV commercials. For example, an image of a bikini-clad woman hidden within the video ‘frames’ in a beer commercial that is played during sporting events. This stimulates the male mind to have a more favorable impression of the beer being advertised. The mind never ‘sees’ this image at the conscious level, so the viewer is not aware. But the subconscious mind does notice.
I could go on and give more examples, but part of my purpose with this website is to ‘stimulate’ people to dig in and find information for themselves. No one has a reason to rely on what I say here—better to investigate and prove (or disprove) what I say for themselves. The biggest ‘lesson’ I learned during my time in the submarine (military) service is that there is an enormous amount of information that is kept from us (the public), and the technological capabilities that exist are high on the list of things that are hidden from the public. Anyone heard of DARPA? What is its function? This may be a good question to research. You won’t ever hear about it on the Nightly News. I wonder why?
BY THE WAY: Since I am preaching the idea of looking up information online, I need to make a suggestion about Wikipedia. Any time we ‘Google’ (search for) something it is almost always at the top of the list of source that appear. Hmmmm…I wonder why that is. I do not mean to bad-mouth Wikipedia here. I use it a lot and often link to information I find there. It’s great for providing basic facts such as when someone was born or died, the population of a city or town, and similar things. But Wikipedia has a definite political bias, and thus I don’t even bother to read whatever it offers as ‘analysis’ about something or another.
This ‘science’ of mind control has been at work since the 1920’s. Do a search for the name Edward Bernays, who is mostly known as the father of propaganda. His expertise was used by both private business and government organizations to influence public opinion about many issues—perhaps the most famous of which was taking away the social stigma associated with women smoking. The campaign he masterminded saw women marching with “Torches of Freedom” (cigarettes) in their hands.
Mind control is a vast subject that is well summarized in a video titled “State of Mind: The Psychology of Control” that I have recommended many times. The link here is to the shortened version, but it is still two-hours long. Nothing I have found tells the story better (that is it packs many important subjects into a single source). To me it is well worth the investment of time for anyone who is serious about learning how mind control works in America and elsewhere. I believe that most people who invest the time to watch will afterwards understand why I constantly say that we have been brainwashed and the ‘reality’ that we know is a manufactured reality.
Too Big of a Bite
In advance I apologize for this long article. My usual goal is to limit the length of an article to 2 or 2 1/2 pages in Microsoft Word. This one is getting close to 4 pages now. This means that I took on too much—tried to include too many ideas in one article. Oh well. It’s not always easy to cut off the flow of thoughts at a pre-determined moment. Thanks for reading, and remember that comments are welcome in the space below.