“The State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies; and this lie slips from its mouth: I, the state, am the people.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
Truth: the pill everyone wants, but just can’t seem to swallow. The truth behind the vicious lies of statism and its cultish tendencies happens to be one of those jagged little pills that people can’t seem to swallow. Statism has become the most all-pervasive ism of them all. It is the predominant world religion. Almost every country practices it. It is, in fact, the worst form of religion: a deadly cult. It meets every single one of the characteristics associated with cultic groups according to Janja Lalich, Ph.D. & Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. Influence and control lie at the center of the state. More than likely we were all born into such a state, complete with all its commandments (laws), deities (founding fathers), common prayer (pledge of allegiance), sacred symbols and texts (flags and constitutions), and places of indoctrination (schools). Like Voltaire said, “Religion began when the first conman met the first fool.” And so it is with the cult of the state. But there are other options besides being a conman or a fool. At any rate, here are seven signs you may be a victim of the cult of statism.
1.) You believe you need to be ruled:
“I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” –Thoreau
You believe that other people have the right to rule over you. You cling to your slavery like it was your liberation. You falsely believe that you have an obligation to follow rules and laws made by men who created those rules and laws without your permission. Your leaders are not held accountable for their actions (NDAA). You allow these leaders to have rights that you don’t have. You illogically believe that men should be ruled by other men, even though you know that most men can barely even rule over themselves, let alone others. As such, you have given them the authority to dictate to you right from wrong, instead of taking responsibility for figuring it out for yourself.
2.) You display excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to the state:
“What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.” –Adolf Hitler
You are an obedient law-abiding citizen, groveling under the false superiority of the state. You only think within the box allowed by the state. You let your government do your thinking for you (representation). You blindly accept the conditions of the state: paying taxes (legalized extortion), obeying laws (mere threats). You don’t question the system because, like a fish, you don’t question the water that you live in. But you are not a fish. You are a human being. And what makes you a human being is the ability to question and to imagine better ways of doing things. But there are other options, like this one from the words of Robert A. Heinlein: “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
3.) You never question, doubt, or practice dissent for fear of punishment:
“The supreme mystery of despotism, its prop and stay, is to keep men in a state of deception, and cloak the fear by which they must be held in check, so that they will fight for their servitude as if for salvation.” –Baruch Spinoza
You believe whatever authority tells you to believe. You have fallen hook-line-and-sinker for the great lie of the state: that it is there to serve you. You obey, usually blindly, due to programming and indoctrination. Your fear has paralyzed you into an obedient citizen. You worship the state with all your heart and soul because you are afraid of the consequences of falling out of line. You don’t question the bizarre rituals of the state, believing they are necessary to keep things in “order,” forgetting the fact that order forced upon others is tyranny unless that order is forced by nature. You loyally bow to the false deity of government, believing that the worst sin is disobeying (breaking the law.) You’ve been victimized your entire life by mind-altering practices (such as psychological political propaganda and biased advertisements) used in excess and served to suppress any doubts you might have about the “goodness” of the state. But there is a healthier way, and it can be summed up in one simple word: disobey!
4.) You’ve been conditioned to believe that the ends justify militaristic means:
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” –Albert Einstein
You proudly support the troops when they kill whoever the misguided plutocrats in DC tell them to kill, even though you know the troops are participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining. You have been tricked into thinking that obedience is a virtue and violence is necessary. You’ve been conditioned into thinking that war is okay because the state says it is okay to use violence to attain liberty, when really it’s just empty window dressing for the use of rampant tyranny. You have learned how to turn a blind eye to the blatant atrocities committed by the state and to praise it for its veil of democracy and peace, which is nothing more than smoke and mirrors to disguise its tyranny. But there are other options, like this one from Alexander Berkman:
“The man who can face vilification and disgrace, who can stand up against the popular current, even against his friends and his country when he knows he is right, who can defy those in authority over him, who can take punishment and prison and remain steadfast—that is a man of courage. But do you need much courage just to obey orders, to do as you are told and to fall in line with thousands of others to the tune of general approval and the Star Spangled Banner?” – Alexander Berkman
5.) You are inflicted with feelings of shame or guilt used as methods of control:
“Once you have enslaved one generation, most parents will almost inevitable resist the freedom of the next generation, out of guilt and shame about their own surrender.” –Stefan Molyneux
You have given into the false virtue of doing what you’re told. This is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion, usually by greedy power-tripping frauds convincing you that they should be emulated, but who are actually just attempting to deprive you of your free will. They dare to guilt you into becoming a controlled pawn. They dare to use shame to keep you in line. And still you glorify them as “lawmakers” and “job creators” and “masters.” And then you have the audacity to shame people who seek freedom and liberation for themselves, attempting to make them feel guilty for their salvation. You even think they deserve to be crushed beneath the tyrannical boot of authority. Out of one side of your mouth you preach freedom and responsibility, while out of the other side of your mouth you preach obedience and security, all while freedom is being destroyed and responsibility is being ignored. The state is your cozy little prison, and shame and guilt are your prison bars. But there is a way to escape.
Ask yourself, as Rumi did, “Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?”
6.) Your cultish state is preoccupied with making money:
“It is no coincidence that a century of total war coincided with a century of central banking.” – Ron Paul
You have been brainwashed into believing that money makes the world go around. There is nothing wrong with making money, but there is something wrong with being preoccupied with making money. As it stands, you are conditioned into being preoccupied with making money. It has been hammered into you since you were a kid: make more money than the next guy, do whatever it takes, take no prisoners, one-upmanship trumps cooperation. More money! More money! More money! It’s a cult in itself when not used in healthy and moderate ways. There is something wrong when money goes from being a tool we use to attain better experiences, to becoming our lord and master dictating to us our happiness, or lack thereof. Besides flags, money is the most powerful religious symbol of the cult of the state. We have become slaves to money in the form of debt, and the state is the one holding all the whips. Like John Adams said, “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” But there are ways to counter slavery. One way is to defy it and create something new.
7.) You have given into the elitism of the state:
“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret in tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” –Maximilien Robespierre
You believe there is no life outside the state. Your blind patriotism and myopic nationalism has left you in a cloudy dream world where you believe that your state has some kind of exalted status simply because you were lucky enough to have been born there. You believe there is no other way to be, and you fear reprisal if you decide to leave, or even consider leaving. And why would you want to leave anyway? You’re “safe” in your police state. You’re “secure” in your surveillance state. Big Brother has your best interest at heart. And the state, your almighty god, loves you and is the greatest thing. So what a part of you knows the irrationality behind your logic. So what other people in other states think the same thing. Yours is still the greatest state, the greatest nation, the greatest country, the greatest religion, the greatest cult. Isn’t it? And even if it isn’t, you wouldn’t dare question its greatness. That’s too scary. Better to stay in the comfort zone created by your leaders. Better to remain a good little citizen. Better not to rock the boat. Better to be kissed with lies than slapped with the truth. Better the bliss that comes from ignorance than the pain that comes from knowledge. Better to be a comfortable slave than uncomfortably free.
About the Author
Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.
Originally featured on Waking Times. Used here with permission.
3 Reasons Why Introverts Are Undervalued in Today’s Society
It’s undeniable that our society favors assertive extroverted personalities with strong communication skills and underestimates the quiet ones. If you are an introvert, you have probably learned it the hard way.
It could be that you felt unseen in the classroom as a child or teen. Or you may have watched your less competent co-workers get a promotion thanks to their social skills.
It feels unfair, but if you think about our society, it makes perfect sense. The consumerist mindset that has become our second nature inevitably affects the way we treat other people. It seems that everything, including our personal qualities and worth as human beings, is translated into some kind of market value.
In other words, to make other people see your worth in personal or professional life, you need to be able to ‘sell yourself’. Yes, this expression alone tells it all.
You need to know how to make a good first impression, say the right things, and be assertive. If you can’t do it, you are perceived as incapable and uninteresting – whether we are talking about a job interview or an informal social gathering.
But it’s not the only reason why introverts are undervalued in our society. Here are a few more:
1. They are less efficient in teamwork
Communication and teamwork skills are required for all kinds of jobs. It seems that without being able to work in a team, it’s impossible to do your job even if your duties don’t involve interaction with clients.
Introverts are much more efficient when they work on their own and are given a certain extent of independence. They thrive in quiet environments with few distractions and interactions. This is when a quiet person gets the chance to unleash their creative self and make good use of their analytical skills.
Most office jobs don’t give employees this opportunity. Office meetings, group projects, phone calls and all the other attributes of a 9-to-5 job make it almost impossible for an introvert to be productive.
2. They don’t like to be in the spotlight
Sometimes it feels like we are living in a society of attention seekers. Today, you are expected to go public about the most personal matters, such as your relationship and family life.
People share their most intimate thoughts and feelings on social media, post updates about the most trivial events, such as what they had for dinner, and upload countless selfies.
Introverts are among those who still value privacy. They are less likely to showcase their lives online or share the details of their personal affairs with the whole world.
At the same time, the quiet ones don’t like to be in the spotlight at social events. An introvert will never interrupt you. They will listen to you and talk only when they have something important to say. This tendency to avoid attention can be mistaken for insecurity and even a lack of intelligence.
3. They prefer to be real than to be ‘nice’
If you want to make a good impression on others, you are expected to be nice. But what does it mean to be ‘nice’ anyway?
In an introvert’s mind, it equals saying things you don’t mean. Quiet personalities will never bombard you with compliments or say meaningless social pleasantries just to win your fondness. But if an introvert said something nice to you, then be sure that they truly meant it.
Small talk is another component of social relationships most introverts struggle with. To them, it embodies utterly dull, uncomfortable, and pointless conversations they can perfectly do without. For this reason, introverts are often mistakenly believed to hate people.
The truth is that they don’t – they just crave stimulating, meaningful conversations and choose their social circle more carefully than extroverts.
In my book, The Power of Misfits: How to Find Your Place in a World You Don’t Fit In, I write about the reasons why so many introverts feel inadequate and alienated from other people in today’s society. It all goes down to social expectations this personality type has to deal with from a very early age.
But the good news is that every introvert can overcome the negative effects of these expectations and find the right path in this loud, extroverted world.
The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix
More than 20 years old now, The Matrix is recognized by fans across the world as being one of the most brilliant films in history, most notably for its deeper meaning and esoteric philosophy.
One scene that is particularly intriguing, considering the social climate of today, is Neo’s interrogation by the Agents of the Matrix.
Now, before we dig into the potential hidden meaning here, as I perceive it, and how Neo found himself in this uncomfortable position to begin with, let’s first establish some key points in relation to the overall story line that will help us to appreciate the implications behind this scene a little bit more.
What Does The Character Neo Represent in the Matrix?
Neo in ancient Greek (νέος) means new/young one. This is an important piece of the puzzle to help us understand what the directors of the film are trying to communicate to us. With that said, when we assess Neo’s character in the first film, we find that he is a solitary individual that keeps to himself and is struggling to find deeper meaning in this world by constantly searching the internet.
What Does The Character Morpheus Represent in the Matrix?
Morpheus in Greek mythology is a messenger of the gods. He appears to humans through dreams with the intention of delivering divine Knowledge and Truth. In the Greek mythos, he can appear in almost any form in people’s dreams, which could be because anyone, regardless of race, gender, or outward appearance, can be a messenger of enlightenment and Truth.
The First Matrix Film is About The Beginning of the Journey to Awakening
With the understanding of the deeper meaning behind what Neo and Morpheus’ characters represent in the film, we can now appreciate the intro scene of Neo sleeping (whilst searching for Morpheus) through a different lens of perception and awareness.
You see, Neo sleeping whilst searching online for Morpheus represents the early stages of the Truth seekers journey — “asleep” but still searching for deeper meaning in life — and hoping to find that meaning by seeking out a “messenger” of higher Knowledge and Truth.
Truth is Terrorism in the Empire of Lies
Through his incessant efforts, Neo begins to get closer and closer to finding the elusive Morpheus. This, however, also attracts the unwanted attention of the Agents in the Matrix, which represent the enforcers of the shadow government of this system. Their job is to ensure that no one exposes what the Matrix really is, and how it turns unsuspecting every day human beings into useful resources that it can use and exploit.
The Agents proceed to apprehend Neo and interrogate him, where they make it very clear that they’ve been spying on him and keeping meticulous records of his activities, both online and offline, for quite some time now. As we all know very well today, all around the world intelligence agencies are doing exactly that — tracking what we view online and keeping meticulous records on many of our movements.
The agents, however, do not see Neo as being a major threat to the Matrix system, as he is still in the early stages of his awakening and does not know enough to be a major threat. Instead, they offer him a deal where they will be willing to “wipe the slate clean” on his illegal activities online, if Neo will simply help them track down the man they call Morpheus, who they claim is “a known terrorist” that is “considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive”.
This represents that the single greatest threat to this manipulative system — which is overwhelmingly ruled by deception and exploitation — is any messenger of higher Knowledge and Truth that can potentially awaken those who are still “asleep” to what the proverbial Matrix really is. In fact, one could argue this sort of power struggle has been going on for thousands of years, and is possibly why Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth” by the ruling class more than 2,000 years ago and subsequently sentenced to death; or why Fred Hampton was assassinated by government authorities in 1969; or, in more recent history, why civilians that were peacefully protesting against Wall Street and the bankers for their part in destroying the world economy in 2008, were targeted by the FBI and even labelled as potential “domestic terrorists“.
Simply put, Truth is terrorism in the empire of lies.
Neo, still being somewhat naïve and unbegun in his journey, rejects the Agent’s offer and demands he get a phone call because “I know my rights!”
To this, Agent Smith retorts, “tell me Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak?”, which results in Neo’s mouth warping in the most eerie of ways.
This scene represents a lesson that all genuine Truth seekers eventually come to learn — this system is not concerned with human rights nor is it concerned with upholding authentic justice. Instead, it inculcates these beliefs and misperceptions into our minds from a very young age, because it serves to help legitimize its unnecessary existence in the eyes of the unsuspecting public and indoctrinate us as to why we think we need it. But in reality, our government guaranteed “rights” can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.
In relation to current events, for example, many thousands of people worldwide have been arrested for violating curfew orders; In one Indian state, civilians were told they must take selfies every hour and send it to the authorities to prove that they are staying indoors; in South Africa, some have been fined for not wearing masks while driving their cars; In Boston in the United States, people have even been told that they will be fined if they walk “the wrong direction” down the street; Homeless people in France have reportedly been fined for not staying indoors; Some people have been arrested for attending funerals of loved ones because it violated lockdown orders; Others (including doctors and scientists) have had their right to freedom of speech censored online; In Australia, a pregnant woman was actually arrested in her home for facebook posts that encouraged protesting against the lockdown; According to the International Labor Organization, tens of millions are being pushed into unemployment; and travel all around the world has been severely restricted by these authorities who have taken it upon themselves to be the rulers of this planet by dictating what the rest of us can and cannot do. Whether you agree with these policies or not, these things cannot logically be called “rights” since they are so very easily violated and taken away from us.
There are many other examples that demonstrate how our government given “rights” are more of a comforting illusion than an actual reality, such as the CIA’s secretive Black Site torture programs, which have been done in cooperation with other intelligence agencies and authorities throughout the world. In these programs, people have been kidnapped — without any legal criminal charge or trial — and then taken to undisclosed secret locations where many of them are tortured for many months on end, in ways that are considered to be in violation of international law and basic human rights. The CIA, of course, simply claims they are suspected terrorists. In 2014, however, a Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that at least 26 of the people that were kidnapped and tortured were actually “wrongfully detained”.
Wake Up Neo — You Are the One
Fortunately, Neo manages to escape this unthinkable situation without any serious injury or harm. Soon after, he is contacted by Morpheus, where he is told that he was very lucky that the Agents underestimated his great potential and spared him, because if the Agents had known the great secret that Morpheus knows, then Neo would probably be dead.
Confused by the obvious strangeness of everything taking place, Neo asks Morpheus what the hell is going on, and what exactly is he talking about?? Without hesitation, Morpheus replies to him, “You are the one Neo — You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I have spent my entire life looking for you.”
This is perhaps the most important lesson the new Truth seeker must eventually come to learn — We are the ones we have been waiting for to change this corrupt world my friends; and we must stop looking for heroes and human leaders to absolve us of this very serious responsibility. Instead, we must all take on the role of Morpheus — which is to awaken as many Neo’s (new minds) as we possibly can, whilst also taking on the role that represents the journey of Neo, by challenging ourselves to become the best version of who we authentically are.
By doing this, we will help to awaken and unleash the unique creative forces of each individual’s problem solving imagination; and we will also find unity in our shared struggle against the injustices, and corruption, of this inhumane system which invariably exploits us all.
If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?
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This Clever & Controversial Artwork Will Help You Think Deeper About Society
True artists are what I view as the antithesis of entertainers…
You see, an entertainer is concerned with popular opinion and giving the public what it wants to see. They intoxicate us with mindless amusements to help us escape reality and the everyday stresses of life. But artists, on the other hand, they give us what we need to see; by challenging us to to think deeper about the nature of reality, and the society in which we live, and they do this through the transcendent language of art.
With that said, I decided to collect some of the most thought provoking artwork from around the internet and offered my own little commentary on them…
Some people are hungry for food — Some people are just hungry for attention/Artist credit: Sergio Ingravalle
We are all so blinded by our ignorance and rage, that while we blame each other for our mutual struggles like fools, we’re ultimately getting screwed by the same elitists/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov
Despite what they might say, most people don’t actually want to see a reflection of reality — and therefore the Truth — Most people just want to see a narrow minded illusion that comforts their sensitive ego and impulsive feelings/Artist credit: Angel Boligán Corbo
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Attributed to Pericles/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
Is Facebook really fighting fake news or are they engaging in authoritarianism and censorship?/Artist credit: Luis Quiles
In a society as toxic as ours — where a climate of hatred, ignorance and fear insidiously infects the bulk of the population — In order to safeguard our health and wellbeing, we must stay connected to whatever it is that gives us an authentic sense of peace/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)
In spite of overwhelming historical evidence proving powerful people have engaged in child sex abuse, and it occurs in the shadows of every element and class of society, many of us pretend not to see, which is a shameful betrayal of our children/Artist credit: Lubomir Arsov
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — Attributed to John F. Kennedy/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
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