(Opinion Editorial by Phillip J. Watt) Long story short; French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French people.
In this light, all police, military personnel, teachers, doctors, social workers, academics, journalists, bureaucrats, politicians and other people who work within the system (as well as everyone else) should attempt to truly understand what this increasingly global movement is actually about and stand with the people who are attempting to facilitate genuine change in our troubled world.
Moving on, the mainstream media have generally limited their reporting on the demands of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (Yellow Vests) to a rejection of a fuel tax, raising the minimum wage and the removal of the Prime Minister, Emmanuel Macron.
And of course there’s been a disproportionate focus on looting and other ‘uncivil’ behaviour.
However, the independent media is telling a more comprehensive story than the mainstream platforms, which comes as no surprise. After all, ‘fake news’ isn’t just false reporting, it’s also the dishonest dissemination of information such as lying by omission.
To make it clear, the protests are now also about pro-nationalism and anti-globalism, as well as ‘Frexit’ (the French exit from the European Union). They also reject the propaganda of the mainstream media, debt owed to the EU, austerity in general and the ill-conceived carbon tax.
However, it didn’t start off that way. The Yellow Vest Movement (YVM) did arise from a rejection of the fuel tax, but after Macron more or less offended the entire nation by calling them ‘thugs’ it was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the French. This saw the wave grow into tens if not hundreds of thousands of dissenters, which is now being referred to as the ‘French revolution 2.0’.
We should not just admire, but learn from the French’s rich history of activism and their current application of it.
To be fair though, there’s the good, the bad and the ugly with the YVM. They want real change for the good, which is the good. The bad is that they haven’t yet identified the key priorities required for real systemic change. The ugly is the looting – which violates the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) – and other counter-productive behaviour.
Moreover, during the past month the YVM has spread to many other European countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Poland and Serbia. It’s also beginning to spread to the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and even the Middle East. As it continues to grow across the world, as is argued below it needs to be done with a clear, universal focus to actualise real, systemic change.
The Demands of the YVM
Larger lists have emerged which may not necessarily represent all of the French revolutionists, but there’s some really well-thought-out demands here which help them not just as a whole, but different demographics too (including the homeless and the police). It’s actually very civil.
And that’s definitely a requirement in their rebellion; if you don’t have an agreed message that is reasonable in the context of your cultural standards then no amount of street activism will have the desired effect.
The Spread of the YVM
Many people around the world feel in similar ways too, hence the expansion of the YVM. Moreover, it’s not just the ‘conspiratorial subculture’ who believes there’s really big flaws with the design of our governments (including how they’ve allowed private stakeholders to monopolise banks and industry at the public’s expense); it spreads right throughout the masses too.
For example, the older generations have been aware of the corruption and lies for decades. The younger generations are ‘woking’ themselves, even if it’s generally coupled with a narrow or misguided focus. And then of course there’s a large, penetrating group of deeply inspired and passionate people of all ages who have peered beyond the veil of officialdom and therefore see the world through a larger lens.
Yet, there isn’t a coherent agreement among the people. Sure, huge proportions of the population reject the way things work in different ways, but the problems and therefore solutions are different according to each person you talk with.
We CAN capture the general vibe though; populist dissent is against the political and corporate elite.
The Key Issues
As stated in a previous article, the so-called elite have inflicted untold suffering on us, such as by:
- turning the money supply into a debt-based model which has enslaved the world’s people to a system which funnels much of the resources directly to them;
- hijacking the banking infrastructure so that most of the profits made by what should be a public utility are not reinvested into local communities, but instead are further enriching themselves;
- monopolizing medicine so that natural and cheap substances are either vilified or suppressed, which are then replaced with toxin-rich derivatives from plants and bacteria, as well as synthetics in general, that can be patented and sold at prices which further deprive the people of not just their wealth, but their health too;
- infiltrating governmental affairs so that macro policy decisions are determined by either the puppets they situate, or the corporate lobbyists who write the policy and package it with ‘legal’ donations; and
- using their corporate-controlled media to shape the mindset of the masses with false and harmful narratives on life.
In other words we have a corporatocracy, not a democracy. Let that sink in properly for a moment.
Therefore, as I’ve written several times before, if we want real change within our social system we need to focus on the 4M’s, which are Money (banking and finance), Medicine (prescriptive and preventative practice, including food), Management (education and government policy) and Media (informed choice and authentic public discourse). I’ll elaborate on this a little later.
The Key Values
Let’s see if we can actually agree on something by starting with the core values we should align with. I’ll make this short and sharp. The six key values are:
- Love over hate;
- Truth over lies;
- Freedom over enslavement;
- Happiness over suffering;
- Justice over injustice; and
- Peace over war.
The Key Principles
Again, this needs to be simple and straightforward:
- Informed choice (meaning the requirement of an honest media and government);
- Sovereignty (meaning all humans should have supreme authority over themselves);
- The Golden Rule (meaning do no harm unless in self-defence); and
- Decentralisation (meaning all services from government and otherwise should be locally organised).
The Key Demands for Systemic Change
In line with the above values and principles, the 4M’s require the following:
- Money: profits that arise from punching numbers into a computer (such as money creation from mortgages and credit cards) needs to enrich and service the public, not private stakeholders;
- Medicine: no natural or synthetic medicines are to be suppressed, outlawed or difficult to access and mainstream food and water supplies should primarily be toxin-free and inexpensive;
- Management: electoral reform is required to remove private money from politics, to bar lobby groups and vested interests from political decision-making and to dismantle the two party system so independent community representatives are embedded into the political structure. In addition, any laws which contradict the sovereignty principle need to be eliminated; and
- Media: all media monopolies are dismantled so that a plurality of opinions and authentic investigative journalism is accessible to all citizens.
If real change is to occur, we ALL need to demand these changes no matter where we live. For those who don’t understand the money and banking issue, please read this example of what a publicly owned and operated central bank used to look like in Australia at the start of the Twentieth Century.
And remember: there really are some fundamental problems AND solutions that the entire world – as a real community – could put up for civil, but assertive Analysis, Agreement and Action (the 3A’s for creating societal change). That will be our key challenge as we move into a future where regardless of our perceived and real differences, we still honour our role as a human family.
Further Areas for Consideration
There’s many other areas of concern that have arisen within the truth and freedom network. The following won’t be an exhaustive list, but it will generally cover the bases in the next tier for change:
- Resolve severe socioeconomic emergencies, such as homelessness and entrenched poverty.
- The immediate cessation of privatising public utilities and re-nationalisation of public infrastructure and strategic assets, like hospitals, motorways, airports, rail, farms, ports, water and power.
- Abolition of all taxes and replace with a transaction tax (also known as the ‘Tobin Tax’) so that all individuals and corporations contribute fairly.
In this system, all electronic transactions (including cash withdrawals) are hit with a flat fee, ensuring that all tax loopholes are closed. With the amount of money that moves around each year (especially through speculative currency exchange transactions) the calculations indicate that with a flat fee of just a few per cent, tax revenue would double or even triple current levels. Yes, it really is that much (due to the speculative spending on Wall Street and by the private banking cartels).
- Break up the ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks and re-separate regular banking from investment banking (with a view to creating and encouraging the public use of public banks).
- Thorough independent investigations into government and corporate corruption, human trafficking, pedophilia networks and other tragedies of our world.
- As alluded to, the legal system needs to be revolutionised so that it is fully aligned to individual and community sovereignty, as well as decentralisation principles.
- Dismantling of all monopolistic parasites, such as the corporate media, big tech, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, petro-chemicals, energy and others.
- Full scale independent but government supported research and analysis into psychotropic and other natural medicines, alternative energy systems and other suppressed technologies and resources.
- Widespread adoption of localised and regionalised permaculture systems to resolve environmental concerns, create healthy food systems and increase community sovereignty.
- Eliminate carcinogenic pesticides and endocrine disruptors.
- Education for children and adults should include a plurality of opinions, paradigm questioning, large focus on life and health skills and encouragement of cooperation and creativity.
Once again the monopolised media has proven themselves to be a mouthpiece of propaganda by the powers-that-will-no-longer-be. There’s been little investigative reporting, even if some journalists are trying to get a more fair message through. The sad part however is that many of these so-called journalists actually believe the dirty deception that they spray out of their germ-filled mouths.
But back to the story. I want to make this super clear: the above is simply a series of suggestions to invoke further exploration and discussion. I really hope that it does exactly that, regardless of my own biases and shortcomings.
Now the recap. The first step we need to take is to acknowledge that a huge proportion of the population want real, systemic change. That is a collective discussion we NEED to have, but is NOT an ongoing dialogue in the mainstream media (more or less anywhere in the Western World).
That has to be a serious concern to any reasonable person.
The next step is identifying the core issues and their potential solutions (which is the central purpose of this article). Then a full spectrum application of the 3A’s should continually occur and be reported on and facilitated by all information sources, including the mainstream platforms.
So, is the YVM doing this? Unfortunately, not yet. But I’m hoping this article will encourage more individuals and groups to do so. The ironic aspect is that so many of us are screaming for real change, but when we do it without focusing on the core design flaws, then our voices might be heard, but only softly.
However, if we all focused on the bigger picture – the macro policy design – then it wouldn’t just become a household song, it would result with a collective upgrade via a linguistic revolution and result with a more just and honourable social system for our future generations.
And one more thing: always remember the greatest rebellion against a sick system is to take great care of your physical, psychological, emotional, philosophical and spiritual health and then radiate it to the rest of reality.
About the Author
Phillip J. Watt is a hypnotherapist, author and presenter who lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia. His first book, ‘The Simulation‘, is a daring exposé of the human experience in the 21st Century. His written and film work has reached into the millions of people and deals with topics from ideology to society, as well as self-development. Follow him on Facebook, listen to his ‘Mad Magic’ Podcast on SoundCloud or Itunes, watch his video interviews at his YouTube Channel and visit his websites Pushing the Tipping Point or Heal by Hypnosis to book a hypnotherapy session.
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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