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4 Ways to Remain Awake While the Rest of the World Sleeps

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Gary ‘Z’ McGeeWaking Times 

In a world where the majority of people are so conditioned by an unhealthy culture that they cannot even fathom equality or the eradication of poverty, nor even perceive them as socially viable, and merely write them off as “it’s just the way things are,” it helps to have some tactics to fall back on in order to prevent our slipping back into our old ignorant ways. As the majority of the world sleeps, we, the courageously awake, must discover new ways to remain diligent. Here are four powerful (and fun) ways to remain awake while the rest of the world sleeps.

1.) Keep Questioning Authority to the Nth Degree

“Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.” –Bertrand Russell

Keep disrupting the disrupters. Keep dissenting in the face of those who are consenting. Stir the pot. Keep the prison you were born into in perspective in order to continuously transcend it. Daily try your best to prove Noam Chomsky wrong: “The general population doesn’t even know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.” At least admit your ignorance. That’s a huge start. It’s not your fault you’ve been ignorant thus far, because the system is set up to keep the majority of people ignorant so that the powerful few can remain in power. We are all of us ignorant about a great many things. So question everything. Question your peers. Question your teachers, especially the ones who are more interested in money than teaching. Question your parents, especially if they are trying to keep you from “taboo” knowledge, or if they are spoon-feeding you only what their relatives spoon-fed them. Question your police officers, who definitely don’t have your best interest at heart, and only enforce the law as a means to the end of protecting “privileged” property. Especially question all politicians, for power and pride have blinded them to any other course other than their being in power. Question the lot, and if they should pass your interrogation, question them again, and keep questioning them, day in and day out.

Most of all, question yourself. Interrogate yourself. Strap yourself into an imaginary chair and commence questioning your worldview to the nth degree. You are the most important authority in your life. Question your sense of the way things work. Ask yourself if you see how all things are connected, or if you simply see things the way you were conditioned to see things. Are you living with purpose, on purpose, or are you living by cultural programming? Are the lines you’ve drawn in the sand flexible and open-minded or inflexible and close-minded? Can you honestly say you are able to put yourself in another person’s shoes and think compassionately? Will you live a life of contained ownership or liberated detachment? What will you choose to create? What will you refuse to destroy? How do we move forward in a system that is designed to keep us stuck? The only way to stay ahead of change is to question that which is changing and attempt to come up with healthier answers to the way things could go. Then be proactive with those answers, while still questioning them every step of the way. Like Siddhārtha Gautama said, “In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?”

2.) Proactively Dismantle the Illusion and Evolve Humanity

“The revolution begins at home. If you overthrow yourself again and again, you might earn the right to overthrow the rest of us.” –Rob Brezsny

Daily dismantle the false world hanging over you, the canopy built by past generations. Hack into mainstream “reality” and deconstruct the code. Do not trade your freedom for the illusion of security. Instead, take it upon yourself to daily justify your freedom in the face of all illusions. Freedom is not a given. Freedom is a vacuum. It’s up to you how much energy you put into that vacuum. If you want to be free, then you have to prove it. You have to earn it. You have to fight for it. If you earn the right to be free every single day, then you earn the right to free others. You earn the right to dismantle the illusion propped up over the heads of the ignorant. Be compassionate, but be ruthless. Be loving and understanding, but take no prisoners. There is no place for prisoners in a truly free world. Be open-minded and flexible, but question everything to the fullest extent. Put everyone to the test. Use your hard-earned pain as a benchmark. Remember the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

But be prepared. Most people are fickle. Most people are scared. Most people are still living in the prison of ignorance that you’ve already escaped from. They will fight tooth and nail to maintain their illusions, their creature comforts, and their all-consuming hyperreality. Most people would rather be kissed with a lie than slapped with the truth, even if they say otherwise. Like Nietzsche said,“People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” They are blind to their own cognitive dissonance, which has a stranglehold on their perception of reality. They cling to what they know without even realizing they are doing so, because the unknown is scary, and most people are too scared to face their fears. Most people are cowards. Like H.L. Mencken said, “The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.” Be an outlaw if that’s what it takes to dismantle the illusion and evolve humanity. Just be smart about it and learn from your mistakes.

3.) Systematically Overcome Economic Tyranny and Psychological Oppression

“We are like people born in a cage and unable to visualize any world beyond our familiar bars.. That opinion the few create in order to control the many has seen to it that we are kept in permanent ignorance of our actual estate.” –Gore Vidal

Continually self-realize the actual estate, the actual domain, and the actual wealth of the world. Keep digging at the truth until the truth reveals itself. Then dig some more. The incessant history of so-called capitalist civilization, with its bleeding morals and too-high ideals of globalization has been nothing less than a giant vampire-squid jamming its parochial blood funnels into our frontal lobes, suctioning out wealth and pouring in diatribe after diatribe about how our neatly constructed, neatly falsified economic world, became so wonderful. But a few of us are aware that, really, it’s all just a house of cards built on quicksand guarded by a red herring. It’s all nothing more than a cartoon in the brain. Psychological oppression be damned. We’ve kicked off the blood funnels. We’ve kicked and screamed and splashed our way out of the “pink goop.” And we’ll be g******** if we’re going back under. We’re no longer a b**** to the Matrix. From here on out, the Matrix is our b****. It’s your job to remember that. Or if you’re just now learning this stuff, hug the hurricane, baby! Keep your mind open. Keep riding the red-pill wave down the rabbit hole and into a deeper more profound understanding of the Desert of the Real.

Continue to toss a monkey-wrench into any and all immoral systems that advocate keeping the poor oppressed while giving the wealthy everything they need to remain in power. Keep tearing to shreds any and all doctrines that attempt to keep power structures entrenched, lest power corrupt and absolute power corrupt absolutely, creating a hyper-hyper-reality from which there is no coming back from. Like Chris Hedges said, “We already live in imaginary, virtual worlds created by corporations that profit from our deception.” Plutocracy is our God. But you have the power to defy God. Blasphemy is sacrosanct in times such as these. Be audaciously cavalier. Be insouciantly devil-may-care. Disobey to the nth degree. In an immoral world it is moral to act out amorally. Be an amoral agent par excellence. Leave the powers-that-be floundering pathetically under your too-courageous feet, wondering: what can they possibly do to contain you. Then get all up in their fat faces of fuckery. Look them in their eyes, gone purple from too much power. Tell them: “I’m the New Oracle come to tell the old oracles that they have failed. I’m willing to die bringing water to the wasteland.” And then bring it. Daily. Bring it.

4.) Love People and Use Money; Don’t Love Money and Use People

“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved, and people are being used.” -Anonymous

Keep using money as a tool for achieving what you love, and not as something that inadvertently transforms you into a tool that makes money. There is a subtle difference. And only you can know it. In short: use the tool, don’t be a tool. Money should come as a side-effect of doing what you love, lest your life and the lives of those around you become bureaucratic. This will probably go against years of cultural conditioning, since the system suborns us into living bureaucratized lifestyles. So be it. Recondition the precondition. Only you can. Transform yourself into a person capable of turning the tables on conditioning. Daily undermine your conditioning: through mindful meditation, revolutionary wakeup-calls, and self-interrogation. A mind-f*** a day keeps the brainwash away. Like Chris Pyle said, “Every bureaucracy hates dissenters. They must expel dissenters and discredit dissenters, because dissenters force them to reconsider what it is they’re doing and no bureaucracy wants anybody to interrupt what they’re doing.” Dissent anyway. Interrupt anyway. Love will always be greater than money. People will always be more important than profit.

In order to be a compassionate person capable of loving other people, you have to continually remind yourself that you are not “yourself” alone. Self is an illusion, but self is also a mighty tool. You can use that tool to individuate the ego and self-actualized the soul, to become truly interdependent with the mighty cosmos as your infinite playground. You can use that tool to transform boundaries into horizons, wounds into wisdom, pain into art, and best of all: victimization into heroism. Indeed, you are not a victim of the world, you are the world. Everything is connected. Codependence leads to independence leads to interdependence, but only if you remain circumspect. Don’t let the system suck you back into using people and loving money. And if it does, learn from it, use it as a stepping stone instead of a setback, and then get back to loving people and using money again.

Use the money to undermine all power structures hell-bent on keeping economic slavery intact. Use the money to weaken the infrastructure of plutocracy, plutocrats be damned. Use the money to defy outdated immoral laws made by parochial men with a corporate agenda. Turn the tables. Get power over power. Become a force that the world has never seen before. Become a rebellious New Hero with the ability to trump fear with courage and inertia with action, while loving the world so powerfully and so courageously that you compel it to become healthier, more vibrant, more compassionate, more alive, and more humanely robust. Like Niels Bohr said, “Every valuable human being must be a radical and a rebel, for what he must aim at is to make things better than they are.” Love people and use money, in that order, and you can do nothing less than make things better than what they are.

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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.

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3 Reasons Why Introverts Are Undervalued in Today’s Society

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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.

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The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix

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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.

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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.

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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.

Imaginary Rights

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.

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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.

We Must Start With the Imagination

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?

Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder of aNewKindOfHuman.com

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This Clever & Controversial Artwork Will Help You Think Deeper About Society

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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

Be very wary my friend, clever predators always position themselves in places where they have easy access to their prey/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

We don't want to see the Truth, we want to see illusions that comfort us

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

Social Distancing = Social Isolation

Everyone talks about how social distancing saves lives, but why’s no one talking about the science that shows how social isolation can also destroy also them??/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

Although they might appear different on the surface, what we find through media monopolization, is that they are often times steered by the same controlling force/Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

“There is no greater disease than fear, and there is no greater danger than those who weaponize it against us.” — Gavin Nascimento/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov

Thinking happy thoughts doesn't change reality

“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

The “Beauty” Industry…/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov

Feed your child with knowledge and watch them grow/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

You cannot ever hope to expect justice from those who have a consistent history of oppressing you./Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

Fighting Fake News or Censorship?

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

Peaceful Revolution or Violent... you choose.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — Attributed to John F. Kennedy/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani

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