The American works until he can’t play; and then thanks the devil, his master, that he is donkey enough to die in harness.
The greatest barrier to knowledge is believing you already know.
In the US, we are raised to believe that after you make it through the 15,000+ hours of compulsory public schooling, we then have a reasonably vast amount of knowledge about literature, history, civics, etc. So when presented with any facts that conflict with the indoctrination program, we tend to dismiss them. While an open mind is generally seen as a favorable thing, when it comes to information that challenges our perceived reality, we are trained to dismiss that information.
I, for one, find it fascinating that in the 1917 congressional record, congressmen Calloway exposed JP Morgan interests’ efforts to buy up and plant editors at the 25 leading newspapers to control American political discourse. In Normon Dodd’s report to the Reece Committee, NGOs like the Rockefeller Foundation set their sites on driving the U.S. into a war, taking over the State Department, and hijacking public education. The CIA was exposed, through the Church Committee, to have spent lots of time and money studying mind control, and planting stories and “reporters” all over the news to control public perception. The Pentagon Papers exposed how the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a complete fabrication, yet it compelled American troops into one of the deadliest, most senseless wars.
This history is hidden from us intentionally. We are not supposed to know reality, we are only meant to buy into the one we’re being sold.
image: curious by ~cangelir
Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility— it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones in our pockets to the choir girl putting her arm around the metalhead. As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world’s devising. And yet, every day we each do so many things that were once impossible to us.
Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue’.
The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.
The slaves of developed industrial civilization are sublimated slaves, but they are slaves, for slavery is determined neither by obedience nor by hardness of labor but by the status of being a mere instrument, and the reduction of man to the state of being a thing.