Why? Why do so many people ignore important truths when a couple mouse clicks and a bit of reading are genuine ignorance cures? Why do so many prefer to be a dim enough bulb in order to believe the lies and propaganda?
Our ruling institutions are owned and operated by the PTB. ‘We the People’ are not supposed to know how these institutions work, and the operation of The Machine is cloaked in secrecy and lies. Non-elite humans are merely resources to be used, consumed, and discarded. Modern, non-elite human-herding techniques must be much more effective than those used by bygone Empyres–yet the old-fashioned techs of over-full prisons, Kafka-esque laws, and endless wars used by bygone Empyres are still in force. The system is designed to serve those who control it, and it will destroy itself as surely as all past Empyres have.
Modern-day sheeple are trapped in psychobabble quicksand. For many, thinking became a burden too great to bear and was unknowingly surrendered. Think of them as walking wounded; some struck at random by the darts of outrageous fortune, all ruled by humans who DO NOT PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS. Add a huge helping of High-Tech Big Brother, busily stringing together centuries of publicly available psych research with [CLASSIFIED TOP SECRET]. We all start life equally ignorant. Most of us were mostly educated by scientifically designed EmpyreMedia, which is entertaining and mostly irrelevant rubbish at its best.
“It is utterly wrong that what we see in our homes should depend on the advertisers to make profits.” Hugh Gaitskell, Labour MP (UK)
“The only way you can preserve the status quo, which we erroneously call democracy, in this atmosphere of instantaneous communication and information ubiquity, is to undermine the capacity of people to process information.” a comment by ‘otishertz’ that I saved from The Calculated Risk website
“A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.” Joseph Pulitzer
“Absolute power turns its possessors not into a God but an anti-God. For God turned clay into men, while the absolute despot turns men into clay.” Eric Hoffer
“An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.” Eric Hoffer
“A worthy man, but his memory is like a lumber-room: thing wanted always buried.” Gandalf / J. R. R. Tolkien
“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out (…) so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.” Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle
Whatever the machinations–fear of jail time, or of a felony conviction which would cause job loss, or perhaps the ten-thousandth murder viewed onscreen that pushed yet another susceptible person into freakout pharma with the ADHD kids, there is always the core message of the huge mountain of corpgov-videoaudioprint media–there is The FEAR. Fear is the mind-killer, the source of cowardice, a whip overused to quiet the sheeple.
The Empyre’s Media is a saturation bombing of scary things, overtly (terrorists! war! bloody victims! politicians!) and covertly (frequent use of fights/murders/explosions/high-speed car chases/screaming/shouting/other unpleasant things). More fear is added: submitting to the Empyre’s TSA grope is scary. Not having any money until next payday is scary, even more so when the boss is sadistic and the employee is not in the best health. It’s even scarier if neither have ever heard of the Stanford Prison Experiment or The Milgram Experiment or positive feedback loops or exponential growth or fractional reserve banking or … it’s easier to just turn on the tube and get drunk… and not think about those sheeple shears.
“You can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato
“The three aims of the tyrant are, one, the humiliation of his subjects; he knows that a mean-spirited man will not conspire against anybody; two, the creation of mistrust among them; for a tyrant is not to be overthrown until men begin to have confidence in one another — and this is the reason why tyrants are at war with the good; they are under the idea that their power is endangered by them, not only because they will not be ruled despotically, but also because they are too loyal to one another and to other men, and do not inform against one another or against other men — three, the tyrant desires that all his subjects shall be incapable of action, for no one attempts what is impossible and they will not attempt to overthrow a tyranny if they are powerless.” Aristotle
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H. L. Mencken
“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”. Adolph Hitler
“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened”. Josef Stalin
“Most people prefer to believe that their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.” Michael Rivero
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge – even to ourselves – that we’ve been so credulous.” Carl Sagan
“To me the worst thing seems to be for a school principally to work with methods of fear, force and artificial authority. Such treatment destroys the sound sentiments, the sincerity and the self confidence of the pupil. It produces the submissive subject.” Albert Einstein
“…dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” Thomas Jefferson
“No vice of the human heart suits it [despotism] better than egoism: a despot will be quick to forgive the people he governs for not loving him, provided they do not love one another.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835